Research & innovation

Scientific research is a vital aspect in our fight against leprosy. All our work is based on scientifically proven evidence and we contribute actively to new research within the Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI), a combined venture of NLR, American Leprosy Missions (ALM), German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA), effect: hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada) and The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI). The LRI is coordinated by NLR and lodged in an independent foundation that publishes its own annual report detailing the funded research projects. Here, we present examples of research projects implemented by NLR that contribute to innovation and increased effectiveness in combating leprosy, preventing disabilities, and promoting the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.

Projects

INNI: Impact of self-care groups

Skin4LApp

NTD Morbidity & Disability (NMD) Toolkit

Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP)

Sharing knowledge and experience

Infolep is the international information portal on leprosy. In 2015, it attracted 29,348 unique visitors from 195 countries; an increase of 30% compared with 2014. We dealt with about 200 requests for publications and literature research. Due to our increasing need for information on aspects of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), we developed in 2015 a new portal, InfoNTD, to be launched in 2016. It will help place leprosy into the category of NTDs and promote the exchange of knowledge and information between the different tropical disease programs. 8 partners support Infolep financially, and 6 InfoNTD.