Post-Exposure Prophylaxis in Indramayu
Indonesia has the third highest number of new leprosy cases in the world.
This project is implemented by No Leprosy Remains (NLR) Indonesia in partnership with The Leprosy Mission New Zealand and The Leprosy Mission Australia. It specifically targets a high leprosy endemic region in West-Java to stop transmission. Through active case finding, new leprosy cases are detected to receive treatment. The community awareness programme will identify and support close contacts of a person affected by leprosy to receive a dose of Rifampicin, reducing the risk of transmission of leprosy.
This project will provide training and coordination to ensure health centres in Indramayu are equipped to refer, diagnose and manage leprosy cases. The project will also take a Post-Exposure Prophylaxis approach by administering all close contacts of anyone diagnosed with leprosy with a single dose of the drug rifampicin, which will reduce their likelihood of developing leprosy by up to 60%.