Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign

  • When the performance of the National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP) was assessed in 1997, it was found that some states were lagging behind, although the progress was satisfactory at the national level
  • So Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign (MLEC) was conducted as a part of NLEP with the following aims
    • Increase the public awareness about leprosy
    • Involvement of general healthcare service staff in leprosy control programs
    • Detection of hidden cases by house to house survey and initiation of Multi drug therapy (MDT)
  • The first MLEC was a great success – 4.5 lakh leprosy cases were detected and MDT was started
  • Following the success of the First Modified Leprosy Elimination Campaign, 4 more such campaigns were conducted in 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and May 2004
  • These campaigns were done utilising active case finding (in endemic areas), passive voluntary reporting (in better performing states) or a combination of both

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MLEC – Acronym

MLEC stands for: Modified leprosy elimination campaign