15 November 2018
Udugama Hospital in Galle District hosts one of Sri Lanka’s 24 satellite dermatology clinics. As part of an effort developed by the national leprosy control programme and funded by the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, a consulting dermatologist holds office hours at the clinic each month. The patients they see have been referred by local health care providers or healers, who in turn have been trained by the national leprosy programme to identify suspected cases. About 14,000 individuals are screened every year with 44 cases of leprosy detected in 2017. Three cases have been detected at Uduguma since 2014.