Completed operational research projects

Operational research and mapping are required to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, or reach of available tools, in order to improve health programs and health outcomes. Research in this area can take many forms, including the use of spatial tools for efficient leprosy 'hot spot' detection. Other high priorities for the LRI are identifying the best case-finding methods in various settings, improving electronic data collection and surveillance, and improving detection and monitoring of drug resistance.

 

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

Severity scale for erythema nodosum leprosum

Project coordination

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Country

United Kingdom

 

Erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) is severe complication of leprosy which is associated with death and increased economic hardship. ENL is a difficult condition to treat and many affected individuals do not have access to safe, effective long term therapies. In order to determine which therapies are most effective, this study developed the ENLIST ENL Severity Scale which measures the severity of ENL before, during and at the end of treatment. This will enable future studies to compare different treatments.

 

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Contact examinations

Project coordination

Leprosy Field Research in Bangladesh

Country

Bangladesh

 

Examination of people in close contact with known leprosy cases is a very important way for identifying more new cases. The members of the same household and close neighbours are especially important because they are at greater risk of developing leprosy than the general population.

 

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Earlier detection of leprosy

Project coordination

The Leprosy Mission Trust (India)

Country

India

 

Many of the most important social and other factors that prevent people from being diagnosed early are still not well understood or implemented.This project has explored some of these factors and final results of this project are available.

 

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Delays in diagnosis and treatment

Project coordination

International Nepal Fellowship

Country

Nepal

 

‘Delays’ are of critical importance in leprosy control work. The longer the delays, the greater the chance for a transmission of the disease to others and for lasting negative consequences upon the life of the individual: physically, socially, emotionally and economically.

 

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