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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ONGOING PROJECTS

 

Involving traditional healers to reduce the delay of leprosy diagnosis in Sierra Leone

Project coordination

National Leprosy and TB control programme (Sierra Leone)

Country

Sierra Leone

 

Collaboration with traditional healers may facilitate detecting leprosy cases earlier than at present, thereby reducing the suspected delay in diagnosis, and detecting so far hidden leprosy cases in Sierra Leone.

 

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Improving routine leprosy case detection

Project coordination

Damien Foundation Bangladesh

Country

Bangladesh

 

Early case detection is crucial to avoid additional burden of disability in new leprosy cases. This study investigates the effectiveness of an active case finding strategy as opposed to routine leprosy case detection.

 

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Integrated strategy for early detection of leprosy and other skin NTDs in Cameroon

Project coordination

FAIRMED Foundation (Cameroon)

Country

Cameroon

 

Though leprosy had been declared eradicated, there is evidence in Cameroon that the number of new cases is increasing. Mhealth technology may be an efficient and inexpensive way to improve case detection.

 

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Community-based health education

Project coordination

The Leprosy Mission Trust (India)

Country

India

 

In some districts in India (including districts in the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh) there are still large numbers of new leprosy cases being reported. The population in these areas is mostly rural and the socio-economic level is low. Their first health care provider is the local practitioner (non-allopathic) healer, who is usually not able to diagnose leprosy and does not prescribe Multi Drug Therapy.

 

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Factors affecting migration, self-reporting and registration as leprosy cases in Bangladesh

Project coordination

The Leprosy Mission International (Bangladesh)

Country

Bangladesh

 

Leprosy affected persons may move to places depending on availability of health services, job facilities, or the hope of escaping for social stigmatization and other reasons. Such migration of leprosy affected persons may have an impact on disease transmssion.

 

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