The facts:

Adilabad is a tribal dominant district in the Telangana state in India. The communities in this district are extremely marginalised and about 53% of the population lives below the poverty line. The project areas are mostly drought prone and have poor health infrastructure and over 70% of the government leprosy staff positions are vacant.  

We began a new programme tackling leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) in 2016 in this area to improve this. The project will span five years taking us until the year 2020.

The aim:

The purpose of this project is to promote early case detection of leprosy and LF among women and children, to prevent disability and halt the worsening of existing disability among people affected by neglected diseases. The focus is also to empower the people affected to claim their rights. Along the way we also aim to reduce stigma and discrimination.

What exactly are we doing?

  • Facilitating self-help groups and helping them to advocate for their rights
  • Working with schools to follow up with children of leprosy affected families to ensure we diagnose any cases of leprosy or LF at an early stage
  • Performing reconstructive surgery to dropped feet and clawed hands
  • Screening individuals for neglected diseases
  • Carrying out school education programmes
  • Providing protective footwear
  • Hosting self-care demonstrations to teach people how to care for their affected body parts

What we know about the people we work with in this area?

  • 97% can only afford 1 or 2 meals a day
  • Nearly half of people said their children didn’t go to school
  • Every other household lives on less than £40 a month
  • 3 in 4 do not have a toilet in their household
  • Half of people say the disease limits them at work

Some recent data:

In May 2016 we collected some information on the people that we encountered and were able to discover some vital findings:

  • 2 in 4 people had had symptoms of either leprosy or LF for more than a year showing the reluctance some people feel to come forward for treatment
  • 54% of people feel significantly or partially limited by the disease
  • 26% had developed an irreversible disability
  • 55% had been to doctors 3 or more times before reaching Lepra which shows that many health care professionals aren’t aware of the symptoms of such disease

How can you help?

£32 is all it takes for our staff to run a camp teaching people how to care for those parts of their body that may have been affected by leprosy or LF. One camp can reach between 50 to 100 people. To find out how you can give and improve the lives of up to 100 people click below:

Donate now