Leprosy elimination


Although the leprosy bacillus was discovered in 1873, much remains unknown about the disease including its transmission, extent of animal reservoir, mechanism behind reactivation and latent infections, and immunological basis behind the reactions that might lead to nerve impairment.

Some small scale projects are still funded under TDR grants after a TDR study successfully led to the introduction of MDT. In recent years the leprosy research initiative has funded about 1 million euros research on leprosy.

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