Operational Excellence Working Group

Chair: Bart Vander Plaetse, FAIRMED
Coordinator: Christine Fenenga, Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

All members of the working group are listed below.

The objective of the Operational Excellence Working Group is to foster the development, use, scale-up, monitoring, and evaluation of best practices and promising innovations in national leprosy control programmes. The working group is organized in sub-groups, focusing on five key areas:

  1. Identification/PEP: Identification of people at risk of leprosy & prevention of leprosy in this risk population/ How can Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) best be implemented in a country?
  2. Early Detection and Prompt Treatment: Sustaining early detection and prompt treatment of leprosy disease and measures when reaching zero leprosy
  3. Disability: Effective prevention and treatment of disability during and after antimicrobial treatment
  4. Stigma: Effective reduction of stigma and discrimination
  5. Infrastructure/operational capacity: Cross-cutting issues, such as human resources (HR), health finance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) & surveillance, policy

Under the guidance of a facilitator and chair, each sub-group will:

  • Develop an inventory of best practices and innovation, which will be organized into a set of free online tools for countries.
  • Support country peer-to peer assessments to identify opportunities, challenges and needs in implementing tools towards zero leprosy.
  • Provide technical advice as needed when questions are raised about implementation of the online tools.

Group 1A PEP/ People at risk – English speaking

Chair: Rabindra Baskota, National Leprosy Programme, Nepal
Facilitator: Gerrit de Vries, NLR, Netherlands

  • Cynthia Ruth Butlin, The Leprosy Mission International
  • Peter Steinmann, Swiss TPH
  • Jong Pill Kim, Institute for Leprosy Research, KHWA
  • Nancy Sabuero, IDEA Philippines
  • Belen Dofitas, Philippine Leprosy Mission, Inc.
  • Chris Schmotzer, Aid To leprosy Patients
  • Tom HM Ottenhoff, LUMC
  • Duane Hinders, NLR
  • Vikash Paudel, Tribhuvan University, National Medical College
  • Niraj Parajuli, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nand Lal Banstola, NLR Nepal
  • Himalaya Sigdel, NLR Nepal
  • Arry Pongtiku, Papua Provincial Health Office-Indonesia, Univ.of Cenderawasih (Public Health Medicine) NLR
  • Utpal Sengupta, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Lisam Suchitra , NLR India
  • Santoshdev Rathod, Indian Ass. of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists
  • Herman-Joseph Kawuma, Clara Skin Clinic, Kansanga, Uganda

Group 1B PEP/ People at risk – Portugese speaking

Chair: Rabindra Baskota, National Leprosy Programme, Nepal
Facilitator: Elian Ignotti, University de Matto Grosso

  • Luiza Pinheiro, Instituto Lauro de Souza Lima
  • Katiuscia Rodrigues, Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Governador Valadares
  • Lucia Alves de Oliveira Fraga, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – Campus Gov. Valadares
  • Clodis Tavares, Morhan Alagoas e Reuna-Han
  • Elisamara Castro, Ainda nenhuma mas, quero participar
  • Noeme karla ramos chaves, Ainda nenhuma mais quero participar
  • Isaias Nery Ferreira, MS
  • Omar Ariel Espinosa Domínguez, Universidada do Estado de Mato Grosso
  • Denise Cortela, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
  • Silvana Margarida Benevides Ferreira, Universidade de Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brasil
  • Gerlane Bandiera da Silva, Secretaria de Saude de Baia da TraiÇÃO
  • Allana de Maria Portela Gomes, Ainda nenhuma, porém gostaria de participar.
  • Litos Raimundo, NLR Mozambique
  • Rosa Castalia Franca Ribeiro Soares, Fundação Nacional de Saúde/National Health Foundation – FUNASA/MoH
  • Flávia Barkokébas, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Micheline de Silveira Mendes, Secretaria de Ssaude de joao pessoa PB, Brasil

Group 2A  Early detection and prompt treatment – French speaking

Chair: Marcos Virmond, National Leprosy Programme, Brazil
Facilitator: Patrick Suykerbuyk, Damien Foundation

  • Zeba Lompo Seraphine B, Service de Dermatologie Hôpital de District de Pissy/ Ouaga
  • Ferdinand Mou, FAIRMED CAMEROON
  • Alphonse Um Boock, FAIRMED
  • Pierre Umba Mpiana, Action Damien
  • Erasme Paluku Asubui, ACTION DAMIEN RD CONGO
  • Brian Bakoko Nselebete, Damian Action DR Congo
  • Annick Mondjo, Association des Léprologues de Langue Française/MoH Gabon
  • Delaigue Sophie, WHO
  • Gilbert Batista, Action Damien Sénégal

Group 2B  Early detection and prompt treatment – Portuguese speaking

Chair: Marcos Virmond, National Leprosy Programme, Brazil
Facilitator: Vera Lucia Gomes de Andrade, PAHO/WHO advisor, Brazil

  • Ernesto Afonso, Ministério da Saúde
  • Maria Angela Bianconcini Trindade, Instituto de Saúde, SES/SP and HCFMUSP
  • Roseane De Deus, Aposentada
  • Fabianna Oliveira, Morhan Alagoas
  • André Silva, Secretaria de Estado de Saúde do Rio de Janeiro
  • Rossilene Cruz, FUNDAÇÃO ALFREDO DA MATTA
  • Nora Cardona-Castro, Instituto Colombiano de Medicina Tropical – Universidad CES
  • Rosibel Lara Contreras, Barranquilla
  • Eunice Jacome, Secretaria Municipal de Saúde de Manaus
  • Maria Eugenia Noviski Gallo, Secretaria Estadual de Saúde do Rio de Janeiro
  • Reagan Nzundu Boigny, Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Arie de Kruijff, The Leprosy Mission
  • Marcial Escobar Saucedo, Ministerio de Salud
  • Claudio Salgado, Brailian Leprosy Society
  • Josafa Barreto, Federal University of Pará
  • Marco Frado, Universidade de São Paulo – CRNDSHansen-HCFMRP
  • Jaison Barreto, Instituto Lauro de Souza Lima
  • Marcial Escobar Saucedo, Ministerio de Salud
  • Jaiza Karla Almeida Neves, Secretaria de Estado da Saude/ PB
  • Isabela Maria Bernardes Goulart, Centro de Referência Nacional em Dermatologia Sanitária e Hanseníase, Hospital de Clínicas, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU)

Group 2C  Early detection and prompt treatment – English speaking

Chair: Marcos Virmond, National Leprosy Programme, Brazil
Facilitator: Mohammed Ahmed, DAHW East Africa

  • Joseph Tembo, Ministry of Education/ Copperbelt University
  • Peter Laubscher, Leprosy Mission
  • Florenda Roferos, Leonard Wood Memorial Center for Leprosy Research
  • Adebayo M. Bakare, Damien Foundation Nigeria Project
  • Anand Joshi, Public Health and Infectious Disease Research Center
  • Himalaya Sigdel, NLR
  • George Gitau, American Leprosy Missions
  • Lilibeth Nwakaego Evarestus, IDEA Nigeria
  • Ahmed Yesuf, GLRL
  • Solomon Sisay, GLRA
  • Abdelaziz Alahlafi, World Health Organization
  • Sathish Kumar Paul, Schieffelin Institute of Health Research & Leprosy Centre
  • Mohammad Aleem Arif, NLR India
  • Ilse Horo, Schieffelin Institute of Health Research & Leprosy Centre
  • Rajni Singh, LEPRA Society
  • Ranjan Gupta, District Leprosy Office Navsari
  • Supun Wijesinge, Consultant Community Physician, Anti Leprosy Campaign MoH
  • Ulla-Britt Engelbrektsson, International Nepal Fellowship (INF), Nepal
  • Tanja Barth, Swiss TPH
  • Sharma Ramesh, Greenpastures Hospital
  • Manesh Shah, Anandaban Hospital

Group 3A  Disability – English speaking

Chair: Ghislain Sopoh, National Leprosy Programme, Benin
Facilitator: Nayarani Suriyarachchi, FAIRMED, Sri Lanka

  • Bino Berry, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Jerry Joshua, Schieffelin Institute of Health Research and Leprosy Centre
  • Rupendra Jadhav, Department of Microbiology, The Institute of Science, Mumbai, India
  • Sunil Deepak, Italian Raoul Follereau Association (AIFO/Italy)
  • Rie Yotsu, School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University
  • Kerstin Beise, DARE-THIS Cooperative
  • Nirmala Sharma, FAIRMED, Nepal
  • Liesbeth Mieras, NLR
  • Arturo Cunanan, Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital
  • Jennifer Mangeard-lourme, Lepra
  • Joel Almeida, Consultant in Public Health
  • Taranath Sigdel, Association IDEA
  • Surendra Nath Singh, The Leprosy Mission International
  • Anwar Hossain, Damien Foundation Bangladesh
  • Raja Maria Xavier, Madurai Health and Leprosy Relief Centre
  • Emile Tanyous, GLRA / Khartoum, Sudan
  • Ganesh Muthusamy, Individual
  • David Scollard, Retired Director, NHDP; co-editor, international Textbook of Leprosy
  • Pradip Sapkota, Anandaban Leprosy Hospital , Nepal
  • Thaisa Wancy Silva Moraes, Hospital Gisleda Trigueiro
  • Linda Lehman, American Leprsoy Missions
  • Jannine Ebenso, Head of Quality Assurance TLM UK

Group 4A Stigma, discrimination & exclusion – English speaking

Chair: Taye Letta, National Leprosy Program, Ethiopia
Facilitator: Khandel Shovakar, The Leprosy Mission Nepal

  • Yasin Al-qubati, GLRA
  • José Ramirez Jr., Social Worker (IDEA)
  • Cassandra White, Georgia State University
  • Jim Oehrig, American Leprosy Mission
  • Bagival Pradeep Kumar, Leprosy Mission International
  • Yohanna Yohanna Abdou, TLM Niger
  • Henri Perroud, CIOMAL
  • Shehu Abdullahi, IDEA Nigeria
  • Patrick Davies, Gate Foundation Ghana
  • Dairo Gbolahan, Damien Foundation
  • Mainas Ayuba, HEAL Disability Initiative (Ngo)
  • Gafar Odubote, JCI Nigeria
  • Hamidu hama amadu, IDEA Nigeria, Kebbi State Chapter
  • Karin van Knippenberg, NLR
  • Sara Marshall, effect:hope
  • Ruth Peters, Free University Amsterdam
  • Adebayo Peters Idowu, Nat. Leprosy Focal Person, Nat.TB & Le. Control Programme
  • Renata Billion Ruiz Prado, Instituto Lauro de Souza Lim
  • Gabriela Lopes Batista, Universidade do Estado de Sante Catarina
  • Mathias Duck, ILEP
  • Solange Pinto
  • Mainas Ayuba, HEAL Disability Initiative
  • Taranath Sigdel, Progress Self Help Group, Kapan Kathmandu

Group 4B Subtheme Stigma, discrimination & exclusion – English speaking

Chair: Taye Letta, National Leprosy Program, Ethiopia
Facilitator: Sunday Udo, The Leprosy Mission Nigeria

  • Nancy Sabuero, Philippine Association for Integration, Dignity ang Economic Advancement / IDEA-Philippines Inc.
  • Wim van Brakel, NLR
  • Thushani Dabrera, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
  • Nuah Perdamenta Tarigan, (GPDLI) Gerakan Peduli Disabilitas dan Lepra Indonsesia (GPDLI)
  • Pankaj Patel, Individual
  • Mohan Arikonda, The Leprosy Mission
  • Joseph Selvaraj, Grace Foundation
  • Sonali Nayak, PramilaEkAsha
  • P.K. Gopal, IDEA
  • Sunil Kumar, PramilaEkAsha
  • Pratap Rai Manglani, NLR India
  • Solomon Raju Moturu, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Mohan Arikonda, The Leprosy Mission
  • Franscisco Onde, Coalition of Leprosy Advocate of the Philippines CLAP
  • Mahsin Hamuda, UNDP
  • Silatham Sermrittirong, Raj Pracha Samasai Institute
  • Nikita Sarah, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Taranth Sigdel, Progress Self Help Group
  • Heleen Broekkamp, NLR

Group 5A Subtheme Operational capacity – English speaking

Chair: Ibtissam Khoudri, National Leprosy Program, Morocco
Facilitator: Guillermo Robert de Arquer, Lepra, UK

  • Darren Schaupp, American Leprosy Missions
  • Burchard Rwamtoga, German Leprosy and TB Relief Association
  • Olorunsogo Rufus Samson, Research Triangle Institute International Nigeria
  • Jurrie de Hart, NLR
  • Peter Derrick, effect:hope
  • Maneesh Phillip, effect:hope
  • Helena Greter, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Subodha Galahitiyawa, University of the West of Scotland
  • Tahir Dahiru, Leprosy and TB Relief Initiative Nigeria (LTR) former NLR
  • Charles Nwafor, German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA)
  • George Gitau, American Leprosy Missions
  • Henk Eggens, Self-employed
  • Marc Bonenberger, FAIRMED

Group 5B Subtheme Operational capacity – English speaking

Chair: Ibtissam Khoudri, National Leprosy Program, Morocco
Facilitator: Sian Arulanantham, The Leprosy Mission International

  • Manickam Ponnaiah, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology
  • Shyamala Anand, American Leprosy Missions
  • Shibu George, German Leprosy & TB Relief Association India
  • Chandrakant Revankar, Public Health Medical Consultancy-Neglected Tropical Diseases(independant)
  • Shivakumar Mugudalabetta, Damien Foundation India Trust
  • Aswath Karunakaran, NLR
  • Helen Roberts,The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Zaw Lin, WHO-SEARO
  • Joydeepa Darlong, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
  • Tin Shwe, American Leprosy Missions
  • Sushil Koirala, Damien Foundation Nepal
  • Raj Kumar Paudel, The Leprosy Mission Nepal
  • Palitha Karunapema, Anti-Leprosy Campaign Sri Lanka
  • Vivek Lai, GLRA India
  • Pradip Sapkota, Anandaban Leprosy Hospital, Nepal
  • Sanjay Kumar, TLM