ALC is the focal point in the Ministry of Health in preventive, curative and rehabilitative services of leprosy in Sri Lanka. Currently ALC is working towards achieving the interruption of transmission of Leprosy in a sustainable manner in the country.
The main functions of ALC are to formulate policies and guidelines, program planning ,monitoring and evaluation. National level Leprosy surveillance is a main activity of ALC. Provision of technical guidance and conduction of awareness programmes , capacity building programmes to achieve the elimination targets are carried out by the ALC. The central Leprosy clinic at NHSL and Hendala Leprosy Hospital are operating under the directorate of ALC.
The Anti-Leprosy Campaign (ALC) is the focal point of the Ministry of Health in charge of all leprosy-related activities in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1954 under the Department of Health.
With the vision of Leprosy free Sri Lanka currently ALC is working towards to achieve the state of interruption of transmission. All the Leprosy preventive and curative activities are coordinated by the ALC.
Surveillance is one of the main areas of concern in Leprosy control in the country. Based on the surveillance data ALC is responsible to provide technical guidance to district Leprosy control teams. As per the National strategic plan 2021-2025 programs are planned for the country. Preparation of policies, guidelines and Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for Leprosy is one responsibility of ALC.
Capacity building of health care workers and public awareness are major areas of concern of the ALC. In addition, research development to generate evidence on Leprosy is a responsibility of the campaign.
Intersectoral coordination with other stakeholders for the prevention of Leprosy is of important. Hence ALC is maintaining cordial relationships with other sectors including education, public administration and local government. World Health Organization and other NGOs provide support for leprosy preventive and curative activities by maintaining good relationship with the ALC. Leprosy preventive activities are carried out by the district leprosy control teams including Consultant Community Physicians, Regional Epidemiologist, Medical Officers of Health, leprosy control Public Health Inspectors and the Range Public Health Inspectors under the supervision of the respective Regional Director of Health Service. The Central Leprosy Clinic (CLC) at the National Hospital Sri Lanka ( NHSL) is a walk through clinic functioning under the directorate of the ALC. All the dermatology clinics in the country provide diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitative facilities to the leprosy patients in the respective districts. Hendala leprosy hospital was established in 1708 and function under the directorate of ALC. Currently 25 leprosy inward patients are been given care at the leprosy hospital.
To strengthen the implementation of integrated leprosy services
To scale up leprosy prevention alongside integrated active case detection
To manage leprosy and its complications and prevent new disability
To combat stigma and ensure human rights are respected
Leprosy free Sri Lanka
To stop transmission of the disease and to plan and implement cost effective quality leprosy services to all persons affected with leprosy and to sustain such services to ensure reasonable quality of life to those affected