Completed early detection projects

Early detection is important to reduce further transmission, but particularly because it reduces the risk of permanent impairments.

 

The LRI supports studies that examine approaches, methods or tools to improve early case detection. This includes health systems approaches to promote community awareness, appropriate health-seeking behaviour of patients and access to services, as well as the testing of lab-based tools for subclinical infection or disease. It may also include interventions to reduce community stigma, if this is a barrier to early detection in a given setting.

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

qPCR in household contact monitoring

Project coordination

Laboratório de Hanesíase Fundação Oswaldo Cruz/ FIOCRUZ (Brazil)

Country

Brazil

 

There are no diagnostic tests that could predict whether or not a “contact” will develop the disease. This project investigated the possible use of M.leprae DNA detection as a early detection method in over 1600 household contacts of leprosy patients. Results available

 

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Novel immunodiagnostic tools

Project coordination

Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Country

Bangladesh

 

This study aimed to identify compounds of the immune system that are characteristic for the occurrence of leprosy and may differentiate between persons affected by leprosy, their contacts and healthy controls. Such compounds are called leprosy-specific biomarkers.  

 

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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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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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