The talk reviews the impact of intersecting inequities - gender, poverty, and disability – on the experiences of people affected by leprosy and other NTDs and how social determinants shape complex healthcare-seeking pathways in DRC. Dr. Sabuni will discuss the implications of this analysis for patient-centered and integrated quality services at the district and community levels.
Dr. Louis Paluku Sabuni, Country Leader, The Leprosy Mission, Democratic Republic of Congo:
Dr. Louis Paluku Sabuni is an LSTM graduate and achieved his Ph.D. from LSTM. He is currently the Leprosy Mission’s country leader in DR Congo and affiliated to the Universite Officielle de Rwenzori (Public University of Rwenzori, Butembo, North Kivu/DRC. All TLM’s projects in the country have two underlying goals: that persons affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases should have access to integrated quality service in each district; and that the way TLM works with communities affected by leprosy should result in long-term sustainable improvements in their lives.