In an interview for Science Reporter magazine in 2016, Professor Indira Nath described the moment she ‘felt the calling’ to medical research, at the mere age of only ten years old. Even then, she knew that she wanted to make a long-lasting impact rather than a transient one. Having this clarity at such a young age is incredibly rare and this shows how remarkable she was.
As we move towards Giving Tuesday; an opportunity to unite and support good causes globally, November offers us another chance to reflect upon the importance of working together for the common good; National Philanthropy Day. Following on from yesterday’s focus on our current partner, Pavers; we look back at the role philanthropy played in the past.
Throughout our history we have recognised the importance of footwear and have worked at the forefront of its development. Today we invite you to look back at some of the shoes which were being made in Lepra’s past, and how experimenting with different styles and materials helped in the advancement of footwear.
In the UK, we are in the midst of a so called ‘culture war’, where sensitivity around language is a common subject for many. For those affected by leprosy however, this is not about jumping on the ‘political correctness’ bandwagon. The prejudice and misconceptions surrounding leprosy in endemic countries has a very real and very damaging consequence.
On World Humanitarian Day 2021, Dr Aparna Srikantam, Head of Research at Lepra’s Blue Peter Public Health and Research Centre (BPHRC) shared details of Lepra’s humanitarian response to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis via the NTD NGO Network (NNN).
Khola Mon is a mental health project based across seven districts of Bangladesh. With funds from Baillie Gifford, the project aims to scale up the Mental Motivator project implemented by Lepra Bangladesh in 2019.