Knowledge and attitude of health workers towards leprosy in north-western Botswana.
The knowledge and attitude of health workers in north-western Botswana towards leprosy was determined by interviewing ninety nine health workers from various health institutions. Knowledge on causation of leprosy was generally lacking. Although majority of respondents knew that the disease is curable, less than half knew the correct duration of treatment. The attitude of service providers was influenced by poor knowledge, and more than a third claimed that patients should be isolated. The pattern of health seeking behaviour, initially traditional or religious healers and then modern health facilities, was a significant finding. In order to ensure early case detection and prevent deformities, it is vital that education of community, patients and health workers is provided to an extent that health seeking behaviour is altered. Traditional and religious leaders must also be included in such training sessions.