Since there is hardly any capacity left in reconstructive surgery in the field of leprosy, in 2021 we organized 3 online training websinars together with Dr Wim Theuvenet and Dr Ton Schreuders, hosted by Tadjuddin Chaled hospital in Makassar and by the Dutch organization PUM. Dr Wim Theuvenet is a hand surgery specialist and a leprosy specialist. Dr Scheuder is a physiotherapist specializing in leprosy. Around 150 participants attended the seminars. We hope to continue on site as soon as the pandemic allows
Workshop on health insurance
In 2021 we also organized a workshop on health insurance and referral system for people affected by leprosy. Participants were the provincial and district health insurance funds, the former leprosy hospital Tadjuddin Chaled (Daya), the district hospital in Jeneponto, many district leaders of the state leprosy control program as well as its provincial leader. Of course, PerMaTa South Sulawesi was present with many district representatives. We discussed sometimes emotionally and controversially about the great difficulties for people affected by leprosy to access health care because the new health insurance system does not take their special needs into account and does not see a need for this. Read our Policy Brief here.