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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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    TLM's Research Magazine

    TLM's Research Magazine provides an in-depth look at TLM's world-leading leprosy research.

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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

    Ismail received treatment for ENL for 15 months
    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

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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

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    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.

    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.