Pages 34 - 37 Volume 78, Issue 1
Back
Potential role of dermatologists and dermatological services in developing and sustaining the leprosy control referral system in resource constrained settings

General Health Services that pay due attention to the management of skin conditions are opportune for suspecting and diagnosing early leprosy. In many developing countries, patients with dermatological conditions can only access specialist services in the larger cities and university hospitals; unaffordable costs make the services even less accessible if they can only be provided in the private sector. The high profile of dermatologists in the health services, gives them the opportunity to facilitate the development and implementation of a referral system that includes leprosy. This potential benefit for leprosy control must be initiated by current National Leprosy Programme Managers through establishing formal relationships with the dermatologists and involving them and other partners in the re-designing of leprosy control strategies to keep them in tandem with changing epidemiological patterns, national policies and on –going health sector reforms. The same health service managers should avail of the opportunities from the dermatologists (both in public and private sectors) about the current knowledge on the management and control of leprosy

Cite this article
Herman Joseph S. Kawuma;
Potential role of dermatologists and dermatological services in developing and sustaining the leprosy control referral system in resource constrained settings; Leprosy Review; 2007; 78; 1; 34-37; DOI: 10.47276/lr.78.1.34
LEPROSY
Leprosy Review
0305-7518
British Leprosy Relief Association
Colchester, UK