LEARNS allows frontline healthcare providers to send images of suspect leprosy lesions and symptoms via SMS or via an app to a specialist, who can decide on further diagnostic actions to verify the diagnosis.
LEARNS currently covers 14 provinces in five regions, with phased nationwide scale-up by the DOH in progress. To date, close to 5,000 healthcare providers have been trained in LEARNS across the nation.
A technical toolkit of LEARNS is being prepared, so that this validated digital health solution can be transferred to other locations and replicated in other countries.
Our partners on the LEARNS initiative include the Philippines Department of Health and the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Metahelix and Novartis Philippines.