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Leprosy Prevalence

Overall, the prevalence of leprosy has showed a steady decline since 2002. The registered leprosy prevalence rate for years 2016 was 0.43/10,000 population as it was last year 2015. The prevalence detection ratio has remained around 1 since 2004 suggesting that patients are timely removed from the registers after completing their MDT treatment.

The 2016 data shows that, there are still 20 districts with prevalence rates higher than 1/10,000. These endemic districts were yet to achieve elimination targets and came from 9 different regions in which Lindi and Morogoro had most of their districts still endemic and remain at high risk of increased disease burden.

Trends of new leprosy cases detected and registered: 2006 – 2016

S/N District Region Population Registered cases Prevalence Rate
1 Liwale District Council Lindi 94714 71 7.5
2 Nkasi District Council Rukwa 318958 199 6.2
3 Ruangwa District Council Lindi 135863 40 2.9
4 Nanyumbu District Council Mtwara 158230 40 2.5
5 Shinyanga Municipal Council Shinyanga 175381 40 2.3
6 Kilombero District Council Morogoro 448469 100 2.2
7 Mafia District Council Pwani 50661 11 2.2
8 Pangani District Council Tanga 58938 10 1.7
9 Mvomero District Council Morogoro 343168 57 1.7
10 Masasi Town Council Mtwara 107715 16 1.5
11 Lindi District Council Lindi 201227 29 1.4
12 Kilwa District Council Lindi 197704 28 1.4
13 Mpanda Town Council Katavi 116717 16 1.4
14 Nachingwea District Council Lindi 184976 23 1.2
15 Rufiji District Council Pwani 237034 29 1.2
16 Korogwe District Council Tanga 338571 40 1.2
17 Mkinga District Council Tanga 128803 15 1.2
18 Ulanga District Council Morogoro 291594 32 1.1
19 Morogoro District Council Morogoro 314733 31 1
20 Chato District Council Geita 414155 40 1