The Indian Ministry of Health contacted Lepra in March 2020 about providing COVID-19 tests.
A collaborative project was set up between Lepra and effect:hope that enabled the purchase of a static PCR unit and also secured rental access to a second mobile unit “GeneXpert”. This has allowed the partnership to provide COVID-19 testing to marginalised people affected by leprosy living in rural and hard to reach areas.
So far, the project has provided testing to 305 people affected by leprosy.
“It is very difficult to go to the Government Hospital for COVID-19 tests. We all have disabilities, which makes it impossible to stand for many hours in the queue to get the service. It is also very hard to commute to the hospital with our disabilities. However, thanks to Lepra and effect:hope, the entire problem has been averted through the Mobile Health Unit Facility. We are so grateful for this service.”
- Patan Saida of Nalgonda Leprosy Settlement
Lepra prides itself on providing outreach services to people in rural and isolated locations.
Our shoe van project allows our shoe technicians to travel into hard to reach areas and provide custom made protective footwear to people with damaged feet due to leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. The Pavers Foundation recently donated £5000 to further support our shoe van project, you can read more here.