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Sasmita Baral

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Sasmita Baral

Sasmita Baral

43-year-old Sasmita Baral has worked with people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) for nearly two decades. She began working with Lepra Society 9 years ago as a local health coordinator.

Sasmita plays a pivotal role in addressing LF cases. She is responsible for ensuring a comprehensive record of affected individuals for targeted intervention and contributes to community-building by helping to form self-support groups and fostering networks for mutual assistance.

Her expertise extends to patient counselling; offering guidance and support to those navigating the challenges associated with LF. Sasmita liaises with government entities, facilitating collaboration and ensuring streamlined processes for the benefit of the community. Moreover, Sasmita contributes to the economic empowerment of individuals by leveraging government schemes to provide livelihood opportunities and basic services.

Recognising the importance of education, Sasmita also imparts valuable knowledge by teaching self-care practices to both leprosy and LF patients, both at home and within hospital settings. Through her multifaceted role, Sasmita demonstrates a holistic commitment to improving the wellbeing and quality of life for individuals affected by LF.

Sasmita's noteworthy accomplishments reflect her commitment to community wellbeing. Having taught self-care practices to nearly 2,000 LF patients, Sasmita has played a crucial role in empowering individuals to manage their health effectively.

Sasmita has been instrumental in establishing 30 self-support groups, fostering a sense of community and mutual assistance. Her efforts to facilitate government schemes, particularly in securing disability certificates for 150 patients, showcase her dedication to enhancing accessibility to essential services.

Sasmita has also been instrumental in Lepra’s capacity-building initiatives, contributing to the education of 50 medical college students in morbidity management. She also conducts training for 25 general health staff members annually, enriching their skills and knowledge. Proudly, Sasmita has successfully linked over 500 individuals affected by LF with government facilities, ensuring they receive the necessary support.

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