The Government of Nepal Leprosy Control Division has taken responsibility for leprosy diagnosis and treatment services throughout Nepal. Their services are available through Health Posts and district hospitals across Nepal with referral arrangements in place for patients experiencing complications and requiring specialist treatment and care. Depending on the location these services may be available at Government centres, at centres run by Nepali and international NGO’s or at Anandaban Hospital run by TLM Nepal, located on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu. The NGOs involved are part of the Nepal Leprosy Network and seek to complement the work of the General Health Services.
In addition to the work at Anandaban, TLM Nepal seeks to support the Government work through training of staff and by providing technical support when required. Since 2009 there have been regular training programmes for Government-employed Medical Officers and other senior staff at the Anandaban Training Centre. District-based training has also been provided, firstly for the staff in rural Health Posts responsible for routine diagnosis and treatment and secondly for the staff of District-based Primary Health Centres. TLM Nepal has also worked with Government staff at field level, reviewing and validating diagnoses made locally in Government centres. Patients diagnosed through TLM Nepal clinics or other field activities are referred to their nearest Health Post or hospital for MDT treatment.
In addition to the training activities relating to the work of the Government General Health Service and their delivery of leprosy services the facilities of the Training Centre are used for conferences, meetings and other training activities. The centre has a key role across all TLM Nepal’s programmes in developing new skills and capacities amongst staff and employees of partner organisations.