Using smartphones to detect leprosy
It is currently not easy to diagnose leprosy; it requires lab tests which are not quick and don't allow us to provide quick diagnosis in the field. This also limits the number of people we can test within a community. Our teams are currently looking at the possibility of using adjusted smartphone cameras to examine skin lesions to determine whether they have been caused by leprosy.
If this process is proved possible, it would allow us to test more people in each community which in turn allows us to find and treat more cases of leprosy than has ever been possible before.