The basic health and assistance to Hansen's Disease in health care services of a municipality of São Paulo State

This descriptive study was carried out in a municipality of Sao Paulo State. The objective was to identify and to characterize the Leprosy Control Program in primary care in the city of research. Methodology: the interviews were conducted with professionals responsable for care in Hansen's Disease and with manager of public health policies. Results: the public health policies prioritize the development of primary care and emphasis on the public health. The control actions are held by trained and experient professionals. It emphasizes absence of active search for cases which undermines the real epidemiological situation, and the important health education to the reduction of stigma and bring the subject of adjustments necessary in new situation of life and overcome limitations.

Leprosy; Health services; Primary health care

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