News Funding for new project in India One of the amazing aspects about the charity sector is the opportunity to work with other organisations striving towards similar goals. In light of this, we are pleased to announce that the Canadian charity Effect:hope has agreed to support a new project in Madhya Pradesh in India! India is known to have the highest number of neglected tropical diseases, carrying 42% of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and 60% of leprosy cases across the globe. Unfortunately, in Madhya Pradesh little priority is given to the improvement of the lives of people with leprosy or LF. The Indian government’s focus on drug administration and health education does not do enough to ensure people understand the symptoms of leprosy and other neglected diseases in order to seek treatment to prevent disability. This is why we have started the Sankalp project, with the support of over £200,000 by Effect:hope over a period of three years. We aim for the project to benefit a total of 25,000 people living with the effects of leprosy and LF, as well as 1,000 health care practitioners, 4,000 school children and 200 teachers! Health Education in India Below are some of the many activities this funding will go towards to improve the lives of people with leprosy and LF. Conduct community surveys to actively find people living with undiagnosed leprosy Support the government in their existing projects Set up self-care groups to support self-care practices Talks to schools to promote early case detection Raise awareness in communities to positively change negative attitudes and prejudice Integrate disability prevention and health care demonstrations in local health facilities Provide enhanced training for health service providers Provide provision for more protective footwear Give people and self-help groups the support to advocate for their rights to be recognised by the government We will keep you updated on how this project is changing the lives of many children, women and men!