The Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development and Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) is collaboration with national leprosy programs and other International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) partners to interrupt transmission of leprosy. In pilot sites of several countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, the collaboration aims at introducing leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for contact persons of newly diagnosed patients to decrease their risk of developing leprosy.
Called Leprosy Post-Exposure-Prophylaxis (LPEP) project, the collaboration aims at providing critical evidence on the impact of PEP on case detection rates and at demonstrating the feasibility, acceptability and cost implications of chemoprophylaxis for contact persons of newly diagnosed patients, as a strategy to interrupt leprosy transmission.
Preventative treatment of contacts of newly diagnosed leprosy patients is part of a new leprosy strategy announced late last year by the Novartis Foundation. The strategy aims at finally ending the disease worldwide by shifting the focus to the interruption of disease transmission. The way toward reducing leprosy transmission, as defined by a group of leading experts, is through early diagnosis and prompt treatment of all patients, tracing and PEP for contact persons of newly diagnosed leprosy patients, the development of new diagnostic tools, as well as strict epidemiological surveillance and response systems to monitor progress.
The LPEP project will be launched with an inception workshop from June 10 to 12, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. National program managers from several leprosy endemic countries are joining this workshop to establish the LPEP roadmap and implementation plans for individual countries.
|Location||Cambodia, East Asia and Pacific|