St. Joseph’s Leprosy Centre (SJLC) The facts: St. Joseph’s Leprosy Centre (SJLC) is situated in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh and was opened in 1993. The centre was started to eradicate leprosy and provide holistic relief to the patients in accordance with National Leprosy Eradication Programme. The centre has initiated the leprosy control programme covering a population of 2,05,077 across Barwani, Bhikangoan, and Maheswar blocks. In 2005, the project started a surgical unit complete with fully equipped operation theatre, physiotherapy unit, in-patient ward with 24 beds and shoe unit to provide reconstructive surgery services. The aim: The purpose of the project is to address the unmet needs of persons affected by leprosy and improve the health and social status of people affected by leprosy through quality health care services, with the following specific objectives: To restore and improve the functional capacities through reconstructive surgeries To address the needs of people affected by leprosy through our referral centre To strengthen existing government schemes What exactly are we doing? The centre performs reconstructive surgery which enables those who have been physically affected by leprosy to enjoy the same quality of life as that of the general population. Those patients undergoing surgery are also given incentives from the government towards loss of wages so they are able to spare the time for surgery. The other key activities of the SJLC include counselling and self-care services, ulcer care and reaction management, diagnosing and treatment services, referral services, providing protective footwear, screening camps, advocacy and networking. How you can help? Every generous gift we receive goes towards making a big different to the life of a person affected by a neglected disease. £53 could supply our referral centre with a set of vital surgical instruments. If you’d like to find out ways you can fundraise for us, click here.