Addis Ababa slum development
This project, part-funded by the Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, works in the slum behind ALERT Hospital, known as Woreda 1, home to a community of people affected by leprosy. Over three years, it is constructing and renovating latrines and shower rooms, as well as constructing water points. Residents of the slum will participate in health and hygiene promotion activities, and people affected by leprosy will be supported to conduct self-care, to prevent injury and disability. The project also aims to provide training and micro-credit to 120 people affected by leprosy and disability so they can start their own businesses, and employment for 150 young people. A pre-school has been constructed and equipped to give quality education to young children, including disabled children. This pre-school will also enable mothers to earn a living.
ENAPAL Improved Stoves Project
Supporting five local leprosy people’s associations (members of ENAPAL) in Amhara Region to produce and market energy-efficient stoves. The stoves use less firewood, cook more quickly and produce less harmful smoke. This contributes to improved health for women and children (who are mostly involved in cooking), and saves them time and money (meaning children will be more likely to go to school). The production cooperatives will give an income to people affected by leprosy, and by producing and selling the stoves they will contribute to their communities and change negative perceptions of leprosy.
Leprosy Contact Tracing Research
We are supporting a PhD research project in Kokossa, in the south of Ethiopia. This involves tracing contacts of people affected by leprosy (eg. family members and neighbours), identification of positive cases, and treatment. The research is conducted by AHRI, Ethiopia's national leprosy research institute.