Significant number of new cases of leprosy continue to be seen in India. Specialised leprosy centres are few and many have wound up most of their laboratory services, including skin smear services.  Centres, which provide Prevention of Deformity (POD) services, are very few in the states of AP and Telangana. In addition, an integrated approach will function effectively only if health personnel are periodically trained in basic diagnostic skills. Fortunately, we have observed keen interest among medical practitioners and post graduate students, to acquire skills to manage leprosy.

In reality there are few centers that continue to train in such skills, and offer specialized services to patients or to build research capacities.

For leprosy patients, they have few centers where they can get investigated to confirm or rule out leprosy with SSS or skin/nerve biopsy, or get USG of nerves.  Patients many a time need to go from center to center seeking these services, resulting in a delay in diagnosis and the risk of disability. We have conceptualized INSSIL to addresses some of these gaps in leprosy care, training and research; and hope to achieve the overall objective which is prevention of nerve damage/disabilities.

Aims of the project:

1. Provide basic and specialized services in leprosy through an out-patient based

referral center to new and treated patients in AP and Telangana and to

other parts of India through referrals.

2. To conduct training programs on skills related to leprosy diagnosis, management and POD to
health care professionals, postgraduates, medical and doctoral students in India.

IAL Midterm Conference 

The Midterm conference of the Indian Association of Leprologists was successfully conducted at Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad on the 11th and 12th of April, 2015 and was hosted by the Department of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy. Over 230 delegated registered for the conference and this included about 120 postgraduate students, mainly from Dermatology; and leprologists from all over the country and overseas.  The theme of the Conference was “New challenges and strategies in changing scenario of leprosy”. 

A CME on leprosy was conducted on day 1 and was inaugurated by Dr VM Katoch, Former Secretary for Health Research & Director General,  ICMR who set the tone for the conference with the keynote address on the theme of the conference. Other key dignitaries to light the lamp were two senior dermatologists from Hyderabad, Prof TSS Lakshmi & Dr Patnaik and the President of the IAL Prof Swapan Samanta, SecretaryProf. Rathin Dutta from Kolkata, Dr Kiran Katoch, Past President IAL and Prof Geeta Kiran, Chairman and host for the conference.