Completed prevention of disability projects
Prevention of disabilities (POD) is a core component of leprosy services. Appropriate methods and tools are already available, but often they are not used and not used adequately. Examples are nerve function assessment and self-care training. Usually, POD interventions or activities are carried out in a leprosy-only mode, while there are many people with similar problems who would also benefit from such interventions and activities (e.g. people with diabetic neuropathy).
The LRI will support implementation research that explores or provides ways to improve the use of existing methods and tools for POD, the integration of POD interventions in national leprosy policies and programmes, and the integration of leprosy-related POD in general wound and limb care programmes (or vice versa).
Map the gap
Netherlands Leprosy Relief Indonesia
This study has systematically and comprehensively collected information about enabling and disabling factors influencing the successful provision of inclusive medical rehabilitation services for persons with disability due to leprosy, lymphatic filariasis and diabetes mellitus. Knowledge and models that are generated from this research will be used for advocacy and to improve services.
Burden of treatment for people with leprosy (2)
Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Griffith University (Australia)
The research group conducted an in-depth exploration of "burden of treatment" in leprosy within Myanmar as a case example. They used a participatory group-based approach, with people affected by leprosy as key collaborators in the research.