The Central Leprosy Clinic is a walk-in clinic providing exclusive services to patients with leprosy. It offers diagnosis, laboratory services, treatment, and rehabilitation services. It is also a national referral centre for leprosy, providing expertise for patients with disease complications. The clinic offers relevant training for healthcare workers to improve the quality of care for leprosy patients.
The Central Leprosy Clinic (CLC) provides diagnostic services for leprosy using clinical examination and slit skin smear tests. It has a reference laboratory for leprosy manned by Public Health Laboratory Technicians. Skin biopsy and blood investigations for follow-up are also available. CLC’s experienced doctors ensure accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of leprosy patients.
The Central Leprosy Clinic provides multi-drug therapy (MDT) supplied free of charge by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the primary treatment for leprosy since 1983. This clinic also provides second line drugs for patients for whom MDT cannot be given, and treatment for nerve damage due to leprosy.
The Central Leprosy Clinic provides rehabilitation services to patients with leprosy including physiotherapy, special footwear, and appliances to correct disabilities or support those with nerve damage. The clinic has a qualified physiotherapist trained in leprosy care and offers special footwear and appliances. The CLC also helps patients achieve economic rehabilitation by coordinating financial assistance and supporting livelihoods.
The Central Leprosy Clinic trains medical students, postgraduate trainees in Dermatology, Microbiology, and Community Medicine, Public Health Laboratory Technologists (PHLTs), Public Health Inspectors (PHIs), and other healthcare workers. Healthcare workers will learn leprosy management and control skills. The training programs address leprosy diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention. The Central Leprosy Clinic trains healthcare workers to deliver high-quality leprosy services and help Sri Lanka eliminate leprosy.