PEOPLE during Covid-19

2020-09-17 09:25

In the first year of the PEOPLE study (2019), a total of 101,994 persons were identified of whom 95,679 agreed to participate in the study and were examined for signs of leprosy by the local screening teams. Amongst these participants, 428 new leprosy patients were identified, of whom 325 in Anjouan (The Comoros), 38 in Mohéli (The Comoros) and 65 in Miandrivazo (Madagascar). In the second year, to date, a total of 34,074 participant has been revisited and 50 new (incident) leprosy patient have been identified. This massive effort is only possible through incredibly dedicated field teams. Their commitment to the diagnosis and care for leprosy patients inspires all involved in the project.

The COVID-19 pandemic reached Madagascar before the Comoros, where the first patient was recognized April 30th 2020. On the 15th of July 2020, Madagascar had 1378 confirmed cases and 12 deaths, while the ministry of health from the Comoros reported a total of 197 confirmed cases, of whom three have died. PEOPLE team members in the Comoros and Madagascar continue to screen the inhabitants of highly endemic villages for leprosy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the screening teams are using enhanced protective equipment including surgical masks, to protect themselves and the participants.

The PEOPLE project will also take on a sub-study on COVID-19, in which a cohort of health care workers will be established in the main hospitals of the three islands of the Union des Comores to measure and document COVID-19 incidences.

Summary of the final project report

June 23, 2023

Global control of leprosy, an ancient infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae), has stalled and needs new interventions. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is one of the key interventions suggested to overcome the stalemate. Currently single dose Rifampicin (SDR) is the regimen of choice but new strategies and tools are required to target individuals at risk […]

Final PEOPLE consortium meeting in Madagascar

May 12, 2022

After 2 years of online meetings due to Covid, the PEOPLE consortium will get together one last time in Madagascar at the beginning of October this year to exchange data and results and see how the project can be brought to a successful end in February 2023.