About the Authors

Christine Murto

Affiliations Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Frédérique Chammartin

Affiliations Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Karolin Schwarz

Affiliation University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Lea Marcia Melo da Costa

Affiliation Leprosy Control Program; State Health Secretariat of Maranhão, São Luis, Brazil

Charles Kaplan

Affiliation University of Southern California, School of Social Work, Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Jorg Heukelbach

heukelbach@web.de

Affiliations Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CM KS LMMdC JH. Performed the experiments: CM FC KS JH. Analyzed the data: CM FC CK JH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CM FC KS CK JH LMMdC. Wrote the paper: CM CK JH LMMdC FC KS.