Monday, June 26, 2017

(LML) Vol. II, Issue I of NLEP Newsletter

Leprosy Mailing List – June 26,  2017

Ref.:    (LML) Vol. II, Issue I of NLEP Newsletter

From:  Jagdish Prasad, New Delhi, India

Dear All,


Greetings for the time being.

We are please to share hereby the Vol. II, Issue I of NLEP Newsletter, the soft copy of which is attached herewith for your ready reference.

Further, same may be accessed at the link given below

With hope that you find this newsletter useful, this division look forward for your feedback (


Dr. Jagdish Prasad



550 “A” Central Leprosy Division (CLD), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health& Family Welfare (Govt. of India), Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi. Pin Code 110011


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

(LML) InfoNTD information on cross-cutting issues in NTDs, June 2017

Leprosy Mailing List – June 15,  2017

Ref.: (LML) InfoNTD information on cross-cutting issues in NTDs, June 2017  

From:  Ilse Egers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear Pieter,



This newsletter provides you with a selection of news items and recent publications on cross-cutting issues in NTDs. Our starting point is to add articles covering a wide variety of issues. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to a limited diversity in and shortage of articles on cross-cutting issues and NTDs.

Feel free to contact us ( with any questions or to receive the full text versions if a link to the full text is not included. Our document delivery service is free!

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Ilse Egers
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From: CBM global News
Mental health, stigma, and Neglected Tropical Diseases
This article addresses cross-cutting issues in NTDs including stigma, discrimination, and mental health - to raise the profile of the links between these two neglected fields.
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New publications



Prevalence of depression and associated clinical and socio-demographic factors in people living with lymphatic filariasis in Plateau State, Nigeria.
Obindo J, Abdulmalik J, Nwefoh E, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(6):e0005567.
Abstract Lymphatic filariasis is a chronic, disabling and often disfiguring condition that principally impacts the world's poorest people. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and severity of depression among individuals with physical disfigurement from lymphatic filariasis in Plateau State, Nigeria. Prevalence of depression is high among individuals with lymphatic filariasis and depression in sufferers is associated with low self-esteem and low levels of life satisfaction.
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Health related quality of life among patients with lymphatic filariasis.
Harichandrakumar KT, Kumaran M. Int J Health Sci Res. 2017; 7(3):256-268.
Abstract Lymphatic Filariasis is a major public health problem and the two major chronic manifestations are lymphoedema and hydrocele. The objective of the present study was to assess the HRQoL among filarial lymphoedema patients and to compare with age, gender and occupation matched normal individuals. The existing morbidity management programme should broaden its domain by incorporating programmes to improve the quality of life in all the aspects such as physical, mental and social well being of the patients.
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The impact of health promotion on trachoma knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) of staff in three work settings in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
Lange FD, Jones K, Ritte R, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005503.
Abstract Globally, trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness and Australia is the only developed country with endemic trachoma. Lack of culturally appropriate health promotion, a small trachoma workforce and lack of awareness and support for trachoma elimination in general, were early barriers. Health promotion was associated with increased trachoma knowledge, attitude and practice amongst health, education and community support staff working with children and in remote NT communities.
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Health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families: A qualitative study in Southern Ethiopia.
Tora A, Tadele G, Aseffa A et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005564.
Abstract Several studies have suggested investigation of health beliefs in children to be an important pre-condition for primary prevention of disease. However, little effort has been made to understand these in the context of podoconiosis. This study therefore aimed to explore the health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families. Health education interventions may enhance school-age children's health literacy and be translated to preventive action.
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Discourse in Action: Parents’ use of medical and social models to resist disability stigma.
Manago B, Davis JL, Goar C. Soc Sci Med. 2017.
Abstract We examine how parents of children with disabilities deploy deflections and challenges, and how their stigma resistance strategies combine with available models of disability discourse. In this study, we examine 117 instances of stigmatization from 40 interviews with 43 parents, and document how parents respond. We find that challenges and deflections do not map cleanly onto the social or medical models.
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Who self-identifies as disabled? An examination of impairment and contextual predictors.
Bogart KR, Rottenstein A, Lund EM, et al. Rehabil Psycholet. 2017.
Abstract According to Social Identity Theory, minority group members, like people with disabilities, manage stigma by either "passing" as majority group members or identifying with their minority group. Supporting the ICF proposition that disability results from a combination of impairment and contextual factors, disability identification was predicted by severity, age, income, and stigma. Stigma partially mediated the relationship between severity and identification. Stigma and severity were the strongest predictors of disability identification.
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The impact of sanitation on infectious disease and nutritional status: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Freeman MC, Garn JV, Sclar GD, et al. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017.
Abstract Sanitation aims to sequester human feces and prevent exposure to fecal pathogens. More than 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to improved sanitation facilities and almost one billion practice open defecation. We undertook systematic reviews and meta-analyses to compile the most recent evidence on the impact of sanitation on diarrhea, soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and nutritional status assessed using anthropometry.
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Advances in Parasitology measuring the effect of soil-transmitted helminth infections on cognitive function in children: Systematic review and critical appraisal of evidence.
Owada K, Nielsen M, Lau CL, et al. Elsevier. 2017.
Abstract Recently the role of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in children's cognitive developmental impairment has been under scrutiny. We conducted a systematic review of the evidence for associations between STH infections and cognitive function of children using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses protocol. The current study highlights the need for methodological consensus in the use of measurement tools and data analysis protocols if the effect of STH infections on cognitive function domains in children is to be correctly established.
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NTD policy priorities: Science, values, and agenda setting.
Iltis AS, Matthews KRW. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005431.
Abstract Efficient and effective implementation of strategies to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the cycle of poverty, and the political instability they perpetuate requires cogent public policy. Developing cogent NTD policy requires a clear agenda and set of priorities. In this article, we highlight value judgments relevant at the agenda-setting stage of the NTD policy process and describe why NTD researchers and physicians ought to participate in this process.
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Associations between selective attention and soil-transmitted helminth infections, socioeconomic status, and physical fitness in disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa: An observational study.
Gall S, Müller I, Walter C, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005573.
Abstract Socioeconomically deprived children are at increased risk of ill-health associated with sedentary behavior, malnutrition, and helminth infection. The present study examines how socioeconomic status (SES), parasitic worm infections, stunting, food insecurity, and physical fitness are associated with selective attention and academic achievement in school-aged children.
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Are public-private partnerships the solution to tackle neglected tropical diseases? A systematic review of the literature.
Aerts C, Sunyoto T, Tediosi F, et al. Health Policy. 2017.
Abstract The challenges posed by NTDs have led to the proliferation of a variety of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the last decades. We conducted a systematic review to assess the functioning and impact of these partnerships on the development of and access to better technologies for NTDs. Our systematic review revealed a clear lack of empirical assessment of PPPs: no impact evaluation analyses could be found, which are crucial to realize the full potential of PPPs and to progress further towards NTDs elimination.
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Lessons from a 15-year-old boy with advanced schistosomiasis japonica in China: a case report.
Song L, Wu X, Ning A, et al. Parasitol. Res. 2017.
Abstract Schistosomiasis is a chronic, parasitic disease caused by flukes (trematodes) of the genus Schistosoma, which presents the most important global burden of the 17 neglected tropical diseases listed by the World Health Organization. In this paper, it is reported an advanced schistosomiasis japonica case of a 15-year-old boy which is extremely rare in the current schistosomiasis control in China. Thus, it is supposed to strengthen health education of school children and to train professional physicians of local hospitals.
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The future of drug development for neglected tropical diseases: How the European Commission can continue to make a difference.
Pierce RJ, MacDougall J, Leurs R, et al. Trends Parasitol. 2017.
Abstract In this article, the four coordinators of neglected tropical disease (NTD) drug development projects funded under the European Commission (EC) Framework Programme 7 argue that the EC should reassess their funding strategy to cover the steps necessary to translate a lead compound into a drug candidate for testing in clinical trials, and suggest ways in which this might be achieved.
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Associations between selective attention and soil-transmitted helminth infections, socioeconomic status, and physical fitness in disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa: An observational study.
Gall S, Müller I, Walter C et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005573.
Abstract The present study examines how socioeconomic status (SES), parasitic worm infections, stunting, food insecurity, and physical fitness are associated with selective attention and academic achievement in school-aged children.
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Social relationships, mental health and wellbeing in physical disability: a systematic review.
Tough H, Siegrist J, Fekete C. BMC Public Health. 2017; 17(1):414.
Abstract The aim of this study is to systematically review quantitative studies exploring associations of social relationships with mental health and wellbeing in persons with physical disabilities. This review indicates that social relationships play an important role in mental health and wellbeing in persons with disabilities, although findings are less consistent than in general populations and strength of associations vary between constructs.
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28th International Nursing Research Congress
27-31 July 2017, Dublin Ireland
On Sunday, 30 July: Meta-Synthesis of Studies on Self-Stigma in Chronic Disease
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Advanced Residential Course on Poverty-Related and Neglected Tropical Diseases
July 17-August 4, 2017, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Course is addressed to professionals active or interested in public health, with diverse cultural and scientific background and competence. The Course is a practical opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge and a critical understanding on PR&NTD, thanks to the expertise of a high quality teaching team made of African and European lecturers with firsthand experience in the domain.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

(LML) WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter Issue No.85

Leprosy Mailing List – June 13,  2017

Ref.:   (LML)  WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter Issue No.85

From:  Hiroe Soyagimi, Tokyo, Japan



Dear Dr Schreuder and Friends,


Warm greetings from Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation in Tokyo. 

We have uploaded our latest edition of "WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter Issue No.85" on our website. 

Please visit to obtain electronic version of this issue. 

In this issue we feature articles about:

MESSAGE: Neglected Tropical Diseases

REPORT: Moving Forward

NTD Summit highlights progress made—and the challenges that remain.

SYMPOSIUM: Where Do We Go From Here?

The conversation continues on the merits of preserving leprosy heritage.

FEATURE: 'Their Names Will Be Their Voices'

Non-profit works to ensure that residents of Kalaupapa will never be forgotten.


AMBASSADOR'S JOURNAL: Visits to India and Switzerland

The Goodwill Ambassador travels to the state of Odisha for meetings with top officials, and to Geneva for a summit on Neglected Tropical Diseases.


NEWS: A Fuller Picture

Artworks and film add a new dimension to the ILA—History of Leprosy website.


We hope you would enjoy our latest Newsletter!


Hiroe Soyagimi

Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation


Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

(LML) Infolep monthly mail with the latest publications on leprosy - June 2017

Leprosy Mailing List – June 4,  2017

Ref.: (LML)  Infolep monthly mail with the latest publications on leprosy - June 2017

From:  Jiske Erlings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Dear friends and colleagues, 
Below you will find our monthly selection of recent publications on leprosy and related subjects.
Feel free to contact me ( to receive the full text versions if a link to the full text is not included or for assistance with your literature research. Have I missed something? Please let me know.

With kind regards,
Jiske Erlings
Infolep Information specialist




Highlighted publications



Integrating neglected tropical diseases into global health and development: fourth WHO report on neglected tropical diseases.
Geneva: World Health Organization. 2017
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Global Leprosy Strategy 2016–2020. Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world. Monitoring and Evaluation Guide.
New Delhi: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. 2017.
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International textbook of leprosy.
Scollard DM, Gillis TP.
American Leprosy Missions. 2016.
Now online - with new chapters!



New publications



Assessment of the sensory and physical limitations imposed by leprosy in a Brazilian Amazon Population.
Aben-Athar CYUP, Lima SS, Ishak R, et al. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2017 Mar-Apr;50(2):223-228.
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Dermoscopy of histoid leprosy: a case report.
Ankad BS, Sakhare PS. Dermatol Pract Concept.
2017 Apr 30;7(2):63-65.
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qPCR-High resolution melt analysis for drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium leprae directly from clinical specimens of leprosy patients.
Araujo S, Goulart LR, Truman RW, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Jun 1;11(6):e0005506.
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In situ complement activation and T-cell immunity in leprosy spectrum: An immunohistological study on leprosy lesional skin.
Bahia El Idrissi N, Iyer AM, Ramaglia V, et al.
PLoS One. 2017 May 15;12(5):e0177815.
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The cross-cutting contribution of the end of neglected tropical diseases to the sustainable development goals.
Bangert M, Molyneux DH, Lindsay SW, et al. Infect Dis Poverty. 2017 Apr 4;6(1):73.
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Leprosy in children.
Barreto JG, Frade MAC, Bernardes Filho F, et al.
Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Jun;19(6):23.
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Tenosynovitis: an unusual presentation of leprosy.
Baveja S, Bisht PB, Sood A. Int J Mycobacteriol.
2017 Apr-Jun;6(2):196-198.
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Magnetic resonance imaging in pure neural leprosy.
Beltrame A, Barabino G, Cicciò C, et al.
Int J Infect Dis. 2017 May 3.
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Prevalence of autoantibodies against cellular antigens in patients with HIV and leprosy coinfection in the Amazon region.
Bichara CNC, Bichara CDA, Tostes C, et al. Infect Dis Poverty.
2017 Jun 1;6(1):80.
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Cytokines as biomarkers to monitoring the impact of multidrug therapy in immune response of leprosy patients.
Cassirer-Costa F, Medeiros NI, Chaves AT, et al. Cytokine.
2017 May 29;97:42-48.
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Leprosy: an urgent need to step up surveillance.
Dev S, Jain T, Sivaprakasam P, et al. Indian J Community Med. 2017 Apr-Jun;42(2):120-121.
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[Hansen's disease in Israel].
Gilead L, Wexler R. Harefuah.
2016 Oct;155(10):632-636.
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[Analysis of the geographical distribution of cases of leprosy. Rio de Janeiro, 2001-2012].
Gracie R, Peixoto JNB, Soares FBDR, et al. Cien Saude Colet. 2017 May;22(5):1695-1704. Portuguese. 
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The intergenic recombinant HLA-B46:01 has a distinctive peptidome that includes KIR2DL3 ligands.
Hilton HG, McMurtrey CP, Han AS, et al. Cell Rep. 2017 May 16;19(7):1394-1405.
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Presence of Mycobacterium leprae genotype 4 in environmental waters in Northeast Brazil.
Holanda MV, Marques LEC, Macedo MLB, et al. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2017 Mar-Apr;50(2):216-222.
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An Employee With Undiagnosed Leprosy: Are Other Employees at Risk?
Lurati AR. Workplace Health Saf. 2017 May 1.
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Autologous Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix in Non-healing Trophic Ulcers in Patients with Hansen's Disease.
Nagaraju U, Sundar PK, Agarwal P, et al. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2017 Jan-Mar;10(1):3-7.
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Leprosy in Southern Brazil: a twenty-year epidemiological profile.
Nazario AP, Ferreira J, Schuler-Faccini L, et al. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2017 Mar-Apr;50(2):251-255.
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Towards leprosy elimination by 2020: forecasts of epidemiological indicators of leprosy in Corrientes, a province of northeastern Argentina that is a pioneer in leprosy elimination.
Odriozola Elisa Petri de et al. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2017 June;112(6).
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Expression of interleukin-1β and interleukin-6 in leprosy reactions in patients with human immunodeficiency virus coinfection.
Pires CAA, Quaresma JAS, de Souza Aarão TL, et al. Acta Trop. 2017 May 13;172:213-216. 
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The lived experience of patients with leprosy at Kagando hospital, Uganda.
Raphael BM, Cumber SN, Niyonzima V, et al. Public Health International.
2017 Feb 23;2(2):67-74.
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Analysis of clinical data and T helper 1/T helper 2 responses in patients with different clinical forms of leprosy.
Rodrigues RWP, Ribeiro AB, Berber GCM, et al. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2017 Mar-Apr;50(2):209-215.
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A clinical study of ocular manifestations of leprosy.
Subha L, Ravikumar R, Palanimuthukumaran PM.
RJMAS. 2017 April;1(2).
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Development of a potent invigorator of immune responses endowed with both preventive and therapeutic properties.
Talwar GP, Gupta JC, Mustafa AS, et al. Biologics. 2017 May 2;11:55-63.
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A case of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis associated with leprosy.
M R Teixeira M, B Assunção C, R Gomes R, et al. Infect Disord Drug Targets. 2017 May 30.
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Journals & Newsletters



Community Eye Health Journal:

Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development:

Hansenologia Internationalis:

Indian Journal of Leprosy: 

Leprosy Review:
Leprosy Review Repository (1928-2001) :

Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases:
Revista de Leprología:
WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter for the elimination of leprosy: 




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