Leprosy/NTD Clinics in an Integrated Health Set-up

Hospitals in leprosy-endemic countries have proportionately much higher loads of non-leprosy than leprosy patients, and doctors do not manage enough cases to build significant leprosy clinical experience. This is leading to a loss of leprosy expertise and less attention given to leprosy as a disease. Having leprosy/NTD clinics within integrated health set-ups gives healthcare staff rotating in the clinics the opportunity to see a number of leprosy patients with different clinical presentations and to learn from managing and following the cases, thereby effectively ensuring leprosy clinical expertise is built, retained, and transferred.

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