The Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC
) is one of the centers comprising Purdue's innovative Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary research enterprise committed to advancing science, engaging industry, enhancing educational and work environments, and improving the quality of life.
In June 2013, a 56 year old, illiterate, female, Indian housekeeper attended the DLRC clinic.
She had been regularly attending the DLRC for the management of recurrent ulcers affecting the left foot for the past 15 years.
Managing District Leprosy Referral Centres by trained personnel: Each DLRC should be managed by the following trained health personnel equipped with good clinical acumen in leprosy diagnosis and management of complications.
available at the District Hospital should be easily available for leprosy affected people, so that the DLRC need not be managed by separate staff in the future.
Developing the skills of GHC personnel at district level: The training of GHC staff (specially for the DLRC team) at secondary level should be conducted for three full days by the faculties from Tertiary care institutions/ILEP agencies/NGOs/GOI training institutes using training modules developed by NLEP or ILEP (4) or ALERT-India.
Ensuring quality services at District Leprosy Referral Centres: The services provided at the DLRC should primarily be based on the DPMR Operational Guidelines for secondary level of GOI (5) and should include:
The GHC staff must know the locations of the DLRCs and the services provided and also undertake follow up of the cases referred back from DLRC with specific instructions.
Providing logistic support for District Leprosy Referral Centres: For effective functioning of the DLRC, the logistic support i.e.
Monitoring and review of District Leprosy Referral Centres: The Non-Medical Supervisors (NMS) or the Medical Officer of the DNT, wherever it functions as a leprosy expert team, under the guidance of the District Leprosy Officer (DLO) and/or the District Coordination Committee should liaise between primary and tertiary level centres as well as with the different departments of GHC in which the DLRC is a part, in addition to their overall monitoring and supervision of tasks.