Monitoring and evaluation
This component ensures a continuous exchange of epidemiological information between all endemic countries and WHO, organizes evaluation meetings with the programme managers from endemic countries and assists in independent evaluations of programmes in endemic countries.
The implementation of elimination plans in the most endemic countries is closely monitored so as to detect potential problems that might impede its progress and to identify rapid, yet feasible solutions:
- promotion of research in the epidemiology of the disease, including modelling
- development of computerized databases on leprosy, including data collection, reports and analysis, estimates and predictions of leprosy problem trends
- costing and drug requirements for the elimination of the disease
- development of simplified tools for data collection, including guidelines and training material, on essential information for the control of leprosy in the most endemic countries.