Leprosy Control Program

Leprosy Control Programme

The HEED Leprosy Progrmamme began in 1976, upon a request from the government of Bangladesh to bring Kalamganj Thana under Leprosy Control Programme. In 1978, leprosy survey, education and treatment were integrated into the programme.  In 1980, the HEED Hospital was built and later on was expanded to a capacity of 40 beds for leprosy and 20 beds for TB patients. However, there are also 3 isolation beds. There are also male, female, a pre-op ward, a post-op ward and an isolation ward in it. The Surgical Theater and the Physiotherapy Department are also well-equipped.

Goal of the Program:  

2015 and Beyond: Poverty Reductions through Strengthened Health System, Bangladesh, Project.

Working Area:  

Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Hobigonj and Sunamgnj of Sylhet Division.

Target Beneficiaries:

All the suspected and detected leprosy patients, their family member(s) and the treatment completed disable leprosy patients in the working area

Major Activities of the Program: There are four main activities under the Leprosy Control Programme.

1.      Case finding

2.      Education

3.      Treatment and Case Holding

4.      Prevention of Deformity

Geographical Coverage Area: 

The programme is mainly implemented the tea and rubber garden and Punjis in the Sylhet Division. In the fiscal year of 2015-2016, the programme provided services to the people of the following areas.

Sl. No.

District

Upazila

Union

Village

Tea Garden

Population

1

Sylhet

12

96

3,262

21

2,777,072

2

Hobiganj

8

77

2,180

26

2,717,510

3

Moulvibazar

7

67

2,009

110

1,819,061

4

Sunamgonj

11

82

2,773

0

2,132,389

5

 

38

322

10224

157

9,446,032