Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Sitemap FAQ's Download Home
Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services
About Us Infrastructure Programmes Projects and Schemes Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Health Services
Site Search
 

About Us
Health Infrastructure
Health Programmes
Project and Schemes
HMIS
Health Services
Achievements
Disease Information
Health Policies
Acts and Rules
Publications
News and Events
Tenders
Feedback
FAQ’s
Downloads
Contacts
Sitemap
National Leprosy Eradication Programme

Historical Background / Periodical Development

Prior to formation of Separate state, Maharashtra was the part of Bombay Province till 1960. Post of State Leprosy Officer was in existence since 1943 and was filled in 1949, the main duty then included advising the Govt. on leprosy services based on sample surveys conducted by him. Then the available leprosy services included leprosy asyla run by missionaries to provide sheltered segregation and treatment with hydnocarpus oil. In 1951 treatment with sulphones was initiated.

1942 Leprosy Hospital at Kondhawa taken over by Govt. from the " Mission to Lepers".
1944 Leprosy Hospital Ratnagiri taken over by Govt. from District Local Board.
1950 Scheme for Leprosy Control Work in a limited area under Hind Kushtha Nivaran Sangh.
1953 Leprosy Control Centre established at Ambewadi in district Sangali. Pilot projects for leprosy control started at Vairag dist. Solapur, Mul dist. Chandrapur, Sevagram dist. Wardha.
1955 Treatment with DDS tablets introduced in all local bodies and Govt. hospitals, 1st documentary film on leprosy prepared by Directorate of Publicity. Greater Bombay Leprosy Control Scheme of Bombay Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation and State Govt.
1955- 56 Launch of National Leprosy Control Program throughout the country including state with following principles

i) Detection of all cases especially those of the infectious type at as early as possible

ii) Provision of treatment facilities to all patients so detected and

iii) Health Education to create a favorable atmosphere which will help both in case detection as well as case holding program.
1958 SET centre attached to existing dispensaries and centres started. Thereafter with every 5 year plan SET centres, leprosy control units and urban leprosy centres were established in the entire state.
  Post of state leprosy officer was upgraded to Deputy Director (Health) in 1965 and further upgraded to Joint Director (Health) in 1981
   

Milestones of NLEP in Maharashtra
1955- 1956 launch of National Leprosy Control Programme.
1970s Definite cure through MDT was identified
1983 launching of National Leprosy Eradication Programme., Multi Drug Therapy introduced in selected urban area & Wardha district.
1983- 1997 Remaining districts brought under MDT in phased manner.
1993 - 2000 World Bank Assisted NLEP Project Phase- I

Objectives
1. To support vertical programme structure for endemic dists.
Jan. 1997: Implementation of National Leprosy Elimination.
2. Establishment of Mobile Leprosy Treatment Unit (MLTU) in moderate & low endemic dists.
3. Formation of district leprosy societies.
Jan. 1997: Implementation of National Leprosy Elimination

Strategy
Main Activities-Programme renamed as National Leprosy Elimination Programme with an objective to bring down the P R of leprosy to below 1 per 10,000 population.
1998 Introduction of ROM in the state.
30 Jan 98-5 Feb 98 1st Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign
 
Main Activities 3 day technical training for GHCS staff, One month IEC Campaign, Active leprosy search with the help of GHC staff
30 Jan 99 - 5 Feb 99 Additional M L E C (1998-99) GOM
30 Jan 2000-6 Feb 2000 II M L E C (1999-2000) GOI
30 & 31 Jan 2000 V R C
Oct 2000 - Mar 2004 World Bank Assisted NLEP Phase-II
2001 - 2002 III M L E C, V R C - 30th &31st Oct.2001
2002 - 2003 IV Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign.
2003 - 2004 V Modified Leprosy Elimination.
2004 - 2005 Block Leprosy Awareness Campaign
2005 - 2006 Block Leprosy Awareness Campaign II
2005 - 2007 Extended Leprosy Eradication Programme

Historical Background
Objectives
Strategy
Activities
Services to common people
Service Centers
Performance
  - Region wise
- District wise
Special Features
Achievements
Expected Community Participation
Role of NGOs
Health Education Messages
Role of Other Sectors
Impact

  Move to top
  Copyright © Directorate of Health Services, Government of Maharashtra
Designed and Developed by C-DAC, Pune