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[Comment] A conditional cash transfer programme in Brazil improves leprosy treatment outcomes

18:36 EST 14 Feb 2020 | The Lancet

Despite advances in the past three decades in implementing multidrug therapy against leprosy, by the end of 2018 approximately 210 000 new leprosy cases globally have been reported to WHO.1 Brazil, in particular, has a high burden of neglected tropical diseases,2 including leprosy. The country has an important role in generating scientific evidence to achieve leprosy control, as it accounts for the second highest number of new leprosy cases worldwide notified by a single country. There have been about 30 000 new cases notified in Brazil in 2018, representing 93% of all cases in the WHO region of the Americas.

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