Simultaneous diagnosis of five skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs)
- Ghana Country
- 3.416.717 € Investment
- 2017-2022 Length
We have joined forces with American Leprosy Missions (ALM), Raoul Follereau Foundation (FRF) and Biomeme.
This research project seeks to develop a single PCR test that can diagnose five skin NTDs: Buruli ulcer, leprosy, mycetoma, leishmaniasis and yaws.
The purpose of this research project is to determine if Biomeme’s qPCR molecular diagnostic tool can effectively detect the pathogenic nucleic acids of five skin-related neglected tropical diseases in clinical and field settings.
An exceptional opportunity to collect scientific evidence on a potential improvement in the integrated diagnosis of five skin-related neglected tropical diseases, this research project is also a chance to improve the health of people living with these skin NTDs.
If successful and scientifically endorsed by the WHO, it could represent a major breakthrough in the fight against skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs), contributing to the targets that the WHO has set in its new roadmap 2021-2030 to control, eliminate or eradicate these diseases.
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