• In 1972 formal activities of action against Leprosy begin in the state; It was carried out by a mobile brigade (doctor and nurse) whose mission was the control of the sick, through an annual home visit.
  • In 1983, the national level program is decentralized, incorporating its activities into the general health services.
  • In 1992, supervised polychemotherapy based on sulfone, Rifampicin and clofazimine is implemented in the state.
  • In 1991 the WHO set the goal of eliminating Leprosy for the year 2000, whose purpose was to reduce the prevalence to less than one case x 10 000 inhabitants, getting the status this goal in 1995, by lowering the rate that 1992 was of .21 to 0.71.
  • In 1996 derived from the reform of the health sector, the Ministry of Health is reorganized and with the conjunction of the National Program of Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis and the National Program of Prevention and Control of Leprosy, the Department of Prevention and Control is conformed of Mycobacteriosis.


Protect the population from the disease state of leprosy through prevention actions translated into the timely diagnosis and adequate treatment of the sick.


Achieve equity, efficiency and excellence in the provision of services, with full satisfaction of the health needs of the population.

Technical Standards (Legal Framework):

  • National Development Plan 2007-2012.
  • State Development Plan 2011-2016.


Quality and warmth in the attention.

Quality politics:

Contribute to generate healthy communities that favor State development.

General objective:

Cut the sources of infection to eradicate transmission and reduce its incidence.

Basic strategies:

  • Promotion and social participation through awareness raising to the community to increase the demand for care and eliminate the stigma and rejection of Leprosy patients and their families.
  • Integration of alliances with non-governmental organizations and Civil Society.
  • Search for people affected by Leprosy between epidemiological contacts of the first order and in the population with dermatological symptoms.
  • Diagnose Leprosy disease in a timely manner and achieve its control through clinical, dactyloscopic and histopathological evaluation.
  • Provide quality treatment with drugs of proven efficacy.
  • Provide integral attention and emphasis to those people who present major complications.
  • Promote measures aimed at reducing the presence of complications and reaction states that could cause greater neurological damage and possible permanent physical disabilities.
  • Strengthening the response capacity in health services to enhance diagnosis and effective treatment.

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