Leishmaniasis Translation


  • Target disease: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL)
  • Main partners (since project start): Humax Pharmaceutical, Colombia; Programa de Estudio y Control de Enfermedades Tropicales, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
  • Project Start: September 2011
  • Funding (since project start): Associação Bem-Te-Vi Diversidade, Brazil; Department for International Development (DFID), UK; Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS), the Netherlands; European Union – Specific International Scientific Cooperation Activities (FP7); Ministry of Health, Brazil; Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors without Borders, International; Ministry of Health, Brazil; Rockefeller Foundation, USA; Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Spain; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland; Other private foundations and individuals, Buck Foundation, Ruta N’ Medellin.
  • Project status: Completed


Overall Objective:

  • Develop a topical anti-parasitic treatment containing amphotericin B for the treatment of CL.


The rationale for development of a topical formulation of amphotericin B was to provide a treatment to be applied locally at the CL lesion, showing high anti-parasitic effect, but without the systemic toxicity associated with amphotericin B. A Phase Ib/II open-label, randomized, non-comparative, two-arm exploratory study is being conducted in Colombia. Initially planned to include only patients with CL caused by L. braziliensis, recruitment was widened to include patients with CL caused by L. panamensis. Enrolment of all 80 patients was completed in November 2015, and preliminary data on cure will be available in 2016.

If Anfoleish is shown to be efficacious against L. braziliensis and L. panamesis, a multi-country Phase III study will be planned in Latin America.

Last update: August 2016