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Research

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Field worker, Shopna screens children in the jungle of the Kushtia district of Bangladesh

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Understanding Transmission

The transmission of leprosy is poorly understood. We aim to change that.

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Secondary impairments

Detection, monitoring and treatment of secondary impairments.

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Diagnostics

We are developing and trialling early diagnostic tests.

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Inner wellbeing

Looking at the links between leprosy and inner wellbeing.

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Reactions and neuritis

We are focused on the prevention & management of reactions & neuritis.

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UN Principles & Guidelines

Understanding the impact of this document.



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Our Research Partners

These partnerships are vital to achieving zero leprosy

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Our Research Committee

The committee guides our research work


Research projects listed

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Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli Ulcers in Low and Middle Income Countries

Developing guidelines for leprosy centres and health centres to promote and support self-care with a particular emphasis on prevention of recurrence of ulcers in the community.

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Promoting mental health and wellbeing of people affected by skin NTDs

The Neglected Mind-Skin Link project is piloting the WHO Guide on Mental Health and NTD Integration.

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Using smartphones to detect leprosy

Our researchers are looking at ways to use smartphone cameras as a field-friendly quick test for leprosy.

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Our Research Partners

We cannot conduct research alone. We partner with many organisations, universities and research institutions across the globe.

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TLM International Research Committee

The committee guides our research work to where it is needed the most

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ENLIST: Finding new ways to tackle ENL

A look at the ENLIST consortium, an international effort to find new and better ways to treat ENL

A man is examined at a skin camp clinic in Bangladesh
A 5 Minute Finger Prick test to diagnose leprosy

Our researchers in Bangladesh are working on a new field-friendly diagnostic tool that could dramatically reduce transmission of the disease within communities and prevent leprosy-related disabilities.

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Solving leprosy's ulcer problems

A look at TLM Nepal's work to solve some of the major leprosy ulcer issues

Addressing the mental health challenges of leprosy in Nigeria

A look at the latest mental health research that is being conducted by our team in Nigeria

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Our work to prevent leprosy through PEP

Details of TLM's work to develop a post-exposure prophylaxis that could prevent leprosy

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Preventing ENL with an addition to MDT

A look at research in Bangladesh that aims to reduce or prevent ENL.

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Can less MDT Treatment produce positive results?

A look at research in Bangladesh that aims to establish the efficacy of a shorter course of MDT Treatment.