The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted leprosy control and prevention and the lives of persons affected by the disease.
Seven consultative calls were carried out with persons affected individuals and organizations from April – May 2020, speaking with over 100 individuals from more than 25 organizations from 22 different countries. The first six calls were conducted based on geographical region, including: Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. The final call was for women affected by leprosy.
The following issues were raised on a consistent basis, across geographies, as major concerns for persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Access to health care
- Access to fundamental goods
- Access to government support
- Access to stable livelihoods
- Access to information about COVID-19
- Intersecting vulnerabilities