15 November 2018
One of the many posters for paramedical officers and other clinicians found on the walls of the district health center in Galle. It is published by the national leprosy programme. The posters and other materials (booklets, leaflets, cards and videos) create awareness and support early detection of leprosy cases in Sri Lanka’s communities. In addition to training local health workers, Sri Lanka has mobilized communities through an innovative new program to engage religious leaders in each of the country’s 25 districts. An inter-faith national leadership panel and similar teams at the district level encourage patient self- referral and reduce stigma through education and understanding.