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November 1963

Report of the Second National Leprosy Conference of Ethiopia

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Edited by Dr. K. F. Schaller. Pp 152. Ministry of Public Health of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1961.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(5):671-672. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590230179027

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This monograph is a collection of the papers presented at the Princess Zenebwork Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa from Nov 30 to Dec 2, 1961. They include studies devoted to epidemiology, treatment, surgery, health, education, rehabilitation and, most important, public health control.

The occurrence of leprosy ranged in the various provinces from 1 per 1,000 to 20 per 1,000, averaging 12 per 1,000 over all of Ethiopia (total, 66,454 registered patients). Approximately 18% of the patients affected are actually receiving therapy; even with the support by UNICEF, which supplies transportation and drugs, and the short-term medical advisors made available by WHO, 95% of all care is given by mobile clinics, with the Government hoping to provide health centers for the care of all diseases.

In his paper, "Training of Rural Workers in Ethiopia," Dr. Julius S. Prince, Director of the US Technical Assistance Program, stated: "The level of illness in

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