‘Innovation in leprosy control’ contest winners

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A collaborative community-based campaign and a mobile phone-based referral system won the Gold Award for Best Practices and Innovative Ideas, respectively, in the “Best Practices and Innovative Ideas in the Fight against Leprosy” contest.

Organized by leading research-based healthcare company Novartis Healthcare Philippines and the Department of Health in partnership with the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, the contest is intended to sustain the country’s fight against leprosy in the post-elimination phase.

“Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign in Three Cities of Northern Mindanao” was adjudged the best entry in the Best Practices category and received P100,000 cash prize.

“Mobile Teledermatology E-Referral System for Active Case Finding of New Leprosy Case” was adjudged best entry in the innovative ideas category and received a P15,000 cash prize.

Other winners in the Best Practices category were “Best Practices of Western Visayas Sanitarium in Fighting Leprosy (silver award, P40,000 cash prize and the Philippine Leprosy Mission’s “Partners in Leprosy Action” (bronze award, P20,000 cash prize).

“All for Juan, Juan for All” of the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology received the silver award and P10,000 cash prize in the Innovative Ideas category. “Mobile Phone for Dermatology: Handy Tools for Leprosy Control” of the Philippine General Hospital’s Section of Dermatology and Garey Joseph Geneta’s “Utilizing the Nursing Process in Fighting Hansen’s Disease” won the bronze award and P5,000 cash prize each.

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