Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by a bacterium named Mycobacterium leprae. The disease mainly affects the skin and the peripheral nerves causing significant deformity if not treated early. Sri Lanka is one of the many Southeast Asian countries where the disease is still a significant public health challenge. Upon inspecting the trends of the disease for the last 15 years, it was observed that the leprosy new case detection rates were fluctuating around 10 per 100,000 population in Sri Lanka. Grade 2 deformity rates which showed a downward trend from 2001 now seem to be fluctuating around 10.1 % (2015) indicating a late diagnosis of the disease. Child rates have been fluctuating around 10% from 2001 to 2014 and it was 11.3% in 2015 indicating ongoing transmission. But 15% of Leprosy cases among school children were found during 2022.

Things you should know about Leprosy (Contact , Central Leprosy clinic during working hours from Monday to Friday 8am to 4 pm, Saturday 8 am to 12 noon) Telephone 0112696444