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Workshop explores how to scale up PEP and advance research

2 December 2019


Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI), NLR, and the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) hosted a 4-day workshop in Amsterdam, 5-8 Nov, 2019, to discuss issues related to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

 

PEP involves the use of preventative antibiotics given to close contacts of people diagnosed with leprosy, such as family members or neighbors.

 

For this workshop, researchers and programmatic partners came together to work out common country packages for implementation and to develop proposal outlines to advance PEP research. The workshop was composed of two distinctive groups, one focusing on research and one on operations. The groups worked separately but had daily exchange sessions to feed relevant topics in each other’s agendas.

 

The operations group developed three specific country profiles: PEP start-up; PEP scale-up; and PEP last-mile. These profiles will help countries with preparing, implementing and evaluating PEP into their national programmes. The tool developed for this workshop will be uploaded in the Zero Leprosy Toolkit with detailed examples. The results of this operations group will also be documented into a joint publication.

 

The research working group initially focused on the four topics in the context of PEP: (1) PEP targeting and delivery; (2) New regimen; (3) Mapping; (4) Modelling and Investment Case. One concrete idea that will be further developed over the coming months is a decision matrix which will include a number of indicators that may have a differential impact on the choice of PEP strategy in different endemic settings. Such a matrix will assist countries in choosing the most preferred PEP strategy and when finalized will be included in the GPZL Toolkit.

 

Both groups worked on their specific tasks, but time for daily exchange was arranged so draft plans could be presented between the two groups. During one of the days, Dr. Anung Sughantono, Director, General Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health, Indonesia shared two important lessons: 1. PEP brings new hope to the health workers and local programme managers; and 2. PEP helps the community to sense that leprosy is preventable. Mr Joshua Oraga of IDEA Kenya, reminded participants again of the importance of engaging persons affected by leprosy as experts in all activities.

 

This was the first workshop of its kind organized by GPZL, LRI and NLR. Lessons from this workshop will help organize future workshops. To review best practices for PEP, visit the Zero Leprosy Toolkit.

International Leprosy Conference 2019


29 August 2019

 

The 20th International Leprosy Conference will take in place Manila, Philippines from September 9-13, 2019.  The conference will be a privileged opportunity for scientists, researchers, health staff, partners and individuals affected by leprosy to interact, discuss and share experiences in a variety of fields.

 

Research funded by the LRI is well represented with over 30 oral and poster presentations!

The time schedule for the LRI-funded project presentations can be downloaded here. Please note that unexpected changes to this programme may still occur and we advise you to check the final programme against the overview provided here.

 

The LRI has two oral presentations during this meeting:

  1. "The LRI perspective on leprosy research" - Thursday 12th September from 8:45-9:00 at the Reception Hall (plenary)
  2. "Identifying research priorities for Leprosy: a mixed-method approach" - Thursday 12th September from 13:30-13:45 in Room 7 (Session 24) 

 

We will also be exhibiting. Feel free to visit us at our LRI booth. We love to give you additional information on the LRI, provide you with lists of publications from the LRI-funded projects, and more! You may also sign up for our external reviewers database and contribute to our work.

 

We look forward to meeting many of you during the conference!

 

 

Open call COR-NTD: African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP III)


26 August 2019

 

The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK aid from the UK government, through the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), is seeking proposals for both operational and social science research on ‘’Emerging Challenges facing NTD program implementation in Africa.’’

 

The Small Grants Programme (SGP III) is comprised of two small grant funding tracks:

a. Small grants for junior researchers

b. Small grants for mid-career and/or senior researchers.

The small grants targeted at junior and senior researchers at the Masters or PhD level will provide grants ranging from USD $5,000 - $25,000. Applications are accepted in both English and French. 

 

For details about this call for proposals please visit the NTD Support Center website.

The deadline for submission is September 30th 2019.

 

Open call for proposals at the NTD Support Center


30 July 2019

 

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at The Task Force for Global Health is currently soliciting proposals for operational research to explore factors related to the inclusion of NTDs into the platform of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) within the national health system.

Leprosy is among the eligible disease topics.

 

For details about this call for proposals please visit the NTD Support Center website.

The deadline for submission is August 30th 2019.

 

LRI Spring Meeting report published


30 July 2019

 

For the first time, a meeting report of our annual Spring Meeting is published in the Leprosy Review.  

 

The report summarizes the progress presentations of the currently ongoing LRI-funded projects - including basic research, clinical and public health and social science projects.  Please have a read at:

 

Meeting report: the Leprosy Research Initiative Spring Meeting. Leprosy Review (2019) 90, 183-200.

Authors: LRI Scientific Review Committee, LRI Steering Committee

 

Read more ...

Annual report 2018 published


8 July 2019

 

Our 2018 Annual Repport is published.

 

To quote the Chair of the LRI Executive Group, Jan van Berkel:

"We are grateful of the many outstanding professionals and experts that contribute to the LRI Steering Committee, the Scientific Review Committee and the independent external reviewers, without whom it would not have been possible to achieve these results."