Global Partnership

in Addressing Current Challenges

Zero Transmission. Zero Disability. Zero Discrimination.

20th International Leprosy Congress
Manila, Philippines
11-13 September 2019

Welcome Message

The International Leprosy Association (ILA) once again presents its compliments to the Philippines authorities for accepting to host the 20th International Leprosy Congress (20th ILC).


After "hidden challenges" in Brussels in 2013 and "unfinished business" in China in 2016, the 20th ILC definitely gives us the opportunity to turn to current challenges with ambition and realism.


In fact, since the introduction of effective multi -drug therapy (MDT) some 30 years ago, the prevalence rate of leprosy has been reduced by 95%. In contrast, the number of people reported with newly diagnosed leprosy has consistently remained above 200,000 per year over the past decade. Yet new scientific advances and strategic approaches have brought the vision of "zero leprosy" into focus. They have created a sense of urgency to accelerate progress towards this vision and have clarified the need to work collaboratively in innovative ways. The World Health Organization Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 now includes in its vision statement "zero transmission of leprosy infection".


There is no doubt that the global picture of leprosy is different than it was 30 years ago. In this new context, innovative approaches and initiatives are necessary for truly stopping leprosy transmission, preventing disability, and promoting inclusion.


The 20th International Leprosy Congress is a privileged opportunity for scientists, researchers, health staff, partners and individuals affected by leprosy to interact, discuss and share experiences in a variety of fields.


Taking into account these different elements, this congress, resolutely turned towards "current challenges", has as its main objectives to:


  • Review progress made in implementing the 2016-2020 WHO strategic plan since the 19th ILC in China
  • Foster a global partnership to stop the transmission of leprosy.
  • This partnership is meant to be inclusive in order to pool all resources, all opportunities and to achieve this ambitious goal of stopping the transmission of leprosy.


Looking forward to meeting you at the congress.


Dr. Roch Christian Johnson
President - ILA



"Deliver the Cure"


1. 10 September, Tuesday -
     (highly recommended)
2. 11 September, Wednesday -

Details of Congress Venue and Recommended Hotels are now available

Visa/Invitation Letter will be provided per request. Kindly send your request to with your  passport name & passport number

On or before 31 May    (early registration)
01 June - 31 July   (regular registration)
01 Aug-31 Aug     (late registration)



The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. It is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with a population of 105 million, most of which are devoted Catholics. 

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines with a population of 1.8 million. It is the center of culture, economy, education and government in the country. It is home to many historic sites and landmarks in the country. The term "Manila" is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area. The officially defined metropolitan area called Metro Manila includes the City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati Central Business District, and other big cities.  Metro Manila exerts a significant impact in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, both locally and internationally. Its economic power makes the region the country's premier center for commerce and finance.

“Tagalog” or “Filipino” is the local dialect.  However, Filipinos also understand and speak English.


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