Integration of Reconstructive Surgery (RCS) within the General Health Care System in Odisha, India

Disabilities will continue to occur as a consequence of leprosy in spite of several early case detection measures. The person affected by leprosy who has disabilities is the worst sufferer because of the paralysed parts of the body which cannot be restored to normal, even after completion of multidrug therapy (MDT). In order to enable the person to be mainstreamed in the context of managing his own personal activities, earning his livelihood, reducing stigma and discrimination, and maintaining his self-esteem, reconstructive surgery is the only answer, which can be sustained and replicated if integrated into the general health care system.