Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh
Location: Nilphamari, Rangpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh District, Northwest Bangladesh
Program Length: 2016-2020
2018 Fundraising Need: $77,886
Why the Program Exists: Half the population of Bangladesh lives on less than $1.50 a day and often in an environment where poor water and sanitation puts them at high risk for infection and disease. Leprosy is prevalent in these communities, and while we can provide Multi-drug Therapy, surgery and rehabilitation to cure the disease and treat the physical disability, more research needs to be done to improve future leprosy control and the clinical care of people affected by leprosy.
Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh (LFRB) is a cutting-edge research centre in northern Bangladesh. With the help of local leprosy program participants, LFRB researchers can conduct research using real, up-to-date data from the field. The program also involves: sending health care workers to find and diagnose leprosy patients, providing a cure, educating the local communities about the true facts of leprosy and teaching acceptance of leprosy patients to reduce stigma, and advocating for the rights of leprosy patients. By supporting the program, researchers can also investigate better methods to reduce and control leprosy and make greater strides to eliminate the disease for good.
Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh’s activities in 2017:
- 862 new cases of leprosy diagnosed and treated
- 98% of patients completed Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) in time to avoid disability
- 222 leprosy patients received additional hospital care
- 546,534 people educated through community awareness activities
- 1,000 pairs of protective footwear supplied to patients to prevent foot ulcers
- Research projects in progress: Currently, LFRB is supporting MALTALEP (The Order of MALTA Grants for Leprosy Research), IDEAL (Initiative for Diagnostic and Epidemiological) research, COCOA (Contact Cohorts Analysis) studies and an R2STOP (Research to Stop Neglected Tropical Diseaseas Transmission) study titled, “Identification of human susceptibility genes and pathogen-based transmission patterns for human and environmental sources of M.leprae in a leprosy endemic area in Bangladesh”, which is an extension of existing trials and aims to prevent leprosy among people in contact with recently diagnosed patients. Have currently enrolled and collected samples from 170 people in this project
- Organized 12 Advocacy and Planning Meetings with the government health personnel at the district level and sub district level to request continuation of quality health services for people with leprosy.
- Organized an International Research Seminar in Nilphamari to share results and progress from LFRB research and recognize the healthcare professionals involved in research, September 2017.
- 1,672 people have enrolled in the MALTALEP (The Order of MALTA Grants for Leprosy Research) and IDEAL (Initiative for Diagnostic and Epidemiological) research.
- Published 4 papers in online journals.
1. Longitudinal IP-10 serum levels are associated with the course of disease activity and remission in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin.Vaccine Immunol
2. Field-friendly serological tests for determination of M. leprae-specific antibodies. Sci. Rep. inpress
3. Health-Related Quality of Life among people affected by Erythema Nodosum Leprosum in Bangladesh: a Cross Sectional Study
4. Early detection of neuropathy in leprosy: a comparison of five tests for field settings.
Your gift will go towards:
- Finding, diagnosing and providing the cure and care for leprosy patients
- Supporting research on the transmission, diagnosis and management of leprosy and its complications with the goal of ending leprosy forever
- Raising awareness through community activities to reduce the extreme stigma that leprosy patients face
Your contribution will have a lasting impact not only on the communities in northern Bangladesh, but also on the lives of individuals affected by leprosy around the world.
The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh.