The facts:

This five year project involves outreach activities and services at referral facilities situated in Hyderabad's urban slums and Mahaboobnagar's rural area. In Hyderabad, the leprosy case detection rate is more than 70%, as is tuberculosis (TB).  Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is also another public health problem.

This project which began in 2016 primarily focuses on leprosy and LF with a combined approach and gives specific attention to women and children.

The project also partners with local NGOs that work on nutrition and with WASH in the context of neglected diseases. 

The aim:

The project purpose is to improve early detection of leprosy with no disability among women and children, stop the worsening of disability consequences and reduce prejudice and discrimination. This can be achieved by:

  1. Promoting early and increased case detection for leprosy, LF and TB among women and children
  2. Preventing disability and to halt the worsening of existing disability among people affected by leprosy and LF
  3. Empowering people affected by leprosy and LF and their forums to claim their rights and entitlements
  4. Providing TB diagnosis for early detection and treatment among vulnerable communities

What exactly are we doing?

We are going to achieve this by:

  • Running self-help groups
  • Providing healthcare and diagnostic services at the Mahaboobnagar and Hyderabad referral centres
  • Organising press meets for leprosy forums to share their issues
  • Screening family members and close contacts of those who have been affected by leprosy
  • Running health education campaigns in schools
  • Running detection camps in slums and villages
  • Providing ulcer care as well as protective shoes

How you can help?

All it takes is £11 to pay for a leprosy contact survey consultation for a family which screens 50 of family members, neighbours and friends.