Global Congress on Infectious Diseases & HIV/AIDS
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Accepted Abstracts

Shunned But not Forgotten: Challenges in Leprosy Management

Maurice Steve Utap*
Tudan Health Clinic, Malaysia

Citation: Utap MS (2020) Shunned but not forgotten: challenges in leprosy management. SciTech Infectious Diseases 2020. Mauritius

Received: October 28, 2019         Accepted: October 31, 2019         Published: October 31, 2019

Abstract

Leprosy is still an important global health concern in many developing countries and it causes disability in 2 million people worldwide. In Malaysia as a country, the elimination status which was defined by World Health Organisation as attaining a level of prevalence below one case per 10,000 population was achieved in 1994 and in the state of Sarawak it was achieved in 1996. However, leprosy is still highly prevalent among the minority indigenous Penans in Sarawak with an ethnic specific annual prevalence rate of 5·5 per 10,000 population compared to 0·07 per 10,000 population for the rest of the population in Sarawak from the year 2000 to 2013. This symposium aims to provide an overview of the prevalence of leprosy among the different ethnic groups in Sarawak, sharing findings from the active case detection activity in a Penan settlement in Sarawak and challenges in leprosy management among the minority indigenous Penans in Sarawak.