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Stanley Browne Research Laboratory & Transmission Research in India

Leprosy can be cured without complications—but only when it is detected early.

However, it is difficult for people living in rural areas to receive early diagnoses because of the lack of access to health services. Improving leprosy programs will help, but before that can happen, we need to know more about leprosy.

Exceptional local researchers at the Stanley Browne Laboratory in India are investigating leprosy transmission and effective strategies for rapid diagnosis and infection control. With the new knowledge, leprosy programs can change to better accommodate for communities that are hard-to-reach and often neglected.

One of the key research projects focuses on the transmission of leprosy among children from families with leprosy—we are the sole funder of this important work.

Leprosy is still a mystery.

The local researchers at the Stanley Browne Laboratory are working hard at the frontline of transmission and disease-control research.

With the help of two hospitals in the Chattisgarh and West Bengal districts that serve more than 160,000 people affected by leprosy, researchers can gather important data for their investigations.

Many data collection happens at the household and community level in Champa and Purulia. Field workers are able to interact with the people we serve directly to view their personal circumstances  and how they might be tied to leprosy transmission.

Research Focus

  • How transmission occurs and which factors will encourage rapid transmission
  • Role of the environment in leprosy transmission
  • Early signals of infection
  • Factors that make children prone to becoming infected

2016 Funding Need: $133,000

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Researchers can better understand leprosy transmission and contribute to improving diagnosis to benefit endemic communities.