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The Executive


Defining Targets for Control, Elimination & Eradication of Diseases  

When is elimination not elimination? In May 1991, the WHO set a target for leprosy elimination as a public health problem by 2000 as fewer than 1 case in 10,000 population. For a country such as India, this could have implied achieving "elimination" despite the prevalence of some 100,000 cases! With elimination targets for diseases typically being defined and redefined, as recently as October 2010 for leprosy, what are the implications on the ground for leprosy, NTDs & other diseases? How feasible is consensus and homogeneity in definitions of control, elimination and eradication?


Listen to our panel discussion "Leprosy: On The Verge of Elimination?" and join the discussion below - read the best bits here & in our September 2013 newsletter.