Last year we reached more than 256,400 men, women and children directly through diagnosis, treatment and care.We helped 256,400 men, women and children directly

We reached a further 1,581,370 people through health education and events to raise awareness of diseases.

Bangladesh

Since last year in Bangladesh there has been a 40% increase in the number of people being tested for leprosy in our project areas and a 35% increase in case detection.

Nearly 2,000 people benefited from three disability referral centres which have been established since 2013.

India

We provided leprosy services in 27 referral centres across seven regions, mostly in the centre and east of the country.

As a result of awareness campaigns, the primary health centres in which we work, saw a 15% increase in outpatients reporting symptoms of leprosy, LF and TB.

464 lives were changed by reconstructive surgery

Our work on TB has primarily been focused in Odisha, where 7,520 people were treated and cured. The cure rate was 95% (10% higher than the national rate).

The lives of 464 people were changed through surgical procedures to correct malformations in their hands or feet or to counteract lagophthalmos, an inability to close their eyelids.

Self-help and self-care improves lives and livelihoods

We don’t just concentrate on the disease, but also the disabling effects it can leave behind. Last year, nearly 3,400 people were trained in home-based self-care for leprosy.

In Bangladesh, we support self-help groups, usually with up to 12 members each, with vocational training, small grants for setting up a business and information on their rights.

Walking means work

For many people affected by leprosy or LF, walking is very difficult as their feet are damaged, swollen or vulnerable to injury.

14,780 pairs of shoes helped people to walk safely

We distributed 14,780 pairs of custom-made shoes to support and protect feet.

With two pairs of these shoes each year, many people are able to continue or resume working, which has a long-term beneficial effect on their income.

How much does it cost?

£3 buys a self-care kit so someone can care for their disability

£4.50 can buy a pair of shoes so they can walk again

£16 can buy a goat so someone can earn a living

£25 can run a health education programme in a school reaching 100 children

£30 can pay for a medical diagnosis with aftercare

£50 can give someone a course of physiotherapy to restore the function in their hand or foot