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).
Family-care groups for self-management of leprosy, podoconiosis and lympatic filariasis related disabilities
Ethiopian National Association of People Affected by Leprosy (ENAPAL)
This project explores family-based approaches aimed at prevention and sustainable self-management of disabilities due to leprosy, podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis.
M-Health to motivate self-care
The Schieffelin Institute of Health Research & Leprosy Centre
In this project a personalised link with patients will be established through a common cost effective technological platform to influence and help the adherence to the treatment, monitoring and follow up of these patients. Effective IEC strategies for leprosy affected patients will be identified.