The residential home at Bankura Hospital provides support for 36 elderly people who are severely disabled by leprosy and have no way of caring for themselves. The social needs of the residents are addressed through ongoing group and individual counselling and relatives are encouraged to visit in order to restore broken relationships.
Bankura Vocational Training Centre
This project provides vocational training to approximately 150 young people affected by leprosy or disability which will enable them to become financially independent and integrated into mainstream society. The centre provides comprehensive technical and non-technical training. A strong alumni network allows graduates to feedback on course content and the VTC to monitor employment practices in the firms they work in.
Rainbow Children’s Home, Andhra Pradesh
Brighter Future Development Trust's Rainbow Children's Home provides care for 54 children, who are from leprosy colonies in the region, or are found living rough and begging on railway platforms. At the home the children are provided with food, clothing, education and health care. Awareness and education campaigns are also held in local villages and schools to address discrimination against children affected by leprosy and HIV.
Leprosy colony development in Andhra Pradesh
This project has provided housing for 31 families affected by leprosy, offering safe accommodation with water and sanitation, built in partnership with the Government of India. Families are now being trained in self-care and wound-dressing. Three people have been trained in shoe-making, not only providing them with a means of earning a living, but also providing the communities with a local source of specially -designed protective footwear at affordable prices. Assistance is being given to enable people affected by leprosy to access government benefits and pensions, and regular food parcels are distributed to 25 of the most needy households across the five communities.
Champa Vocational Training Centre
Vocational training will be given to 158 young people affected by leprosy or disability which will enable them to become financially independent and integrated into mainstream society. The centre provides comprehensive technical and non-technical training in subjects such as tailoring, welding, mechanics and IT as well as courses in bicycle repair and agriculture.
In an area where more than a third of the population live in absolute poverty, the hospital provides very important high quality treatment for leprosy complications and reconstructive surgery. Each year, the hospital provides treatment to more than 3,000 patients, including more than 2,000 affected by leprosy. Complimentary services include health education, dental care, disability care, physiotherapy and counselling services.
This project is a blend of medical services and empowerment of people affected by leprosy and other disabilities. The former Miraj Hospital will be developed into a rehabilitation centre providing services to people affected by leprosy and disability. The rehabilitation centre will be part of a resource hub where people affected by leprosy and disability can also find out about their rights and entitlements and be supported to access them. The hub will provide leprosy and disability outreach services in the community, as well as working through community development workers to support communities to access their entitlements and develop livelihood opportunities.
CREATE (European Commission)
This project will unite and build upon ongoing advocacy, livelihoods and stigma research work across four Indian States and will be jointly implemented by TLM Trust India (nationally) and Brighter Futures (in Andhra Pradesh), supported with research input from Leeds University’s Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS).
This project is empowering people affected by leprosy across Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, to make their own incomes through dariy farming, fish-farming and poultry farming. Through establishing a producer group, in which people affected by leprosy are all shareholders, the project ensures that they receive a fair income for their produce through collective distribution, packaging and selling, which bypasses exploitative middlemen. The Producer group is re-investing its profits in further livelihood projects, so our investment in cows has already yielded profits which have been re-invested in fish, which are now also generating profits of their own. SOAR staff are also working in partnership with Help the Aged in Cuddalore, to the benefit of both organisations.
Karuna mobile health clinic
This project involves a mobile health clinic in the slums of Mumbai, treating people affected by leprosy and other marginalised groups (including people living with HIV and sex workers). A new approach means that the clinic will move from a welfare to more of an empowerment approach, teaching people self care and how to dress their own wounds, rather than doing it for them. It will also undertaken leprosy awareness campaigns. Over 1,500 people affected by leprosy will benefit from the project. As communities become more self-sufficient in self-care the clinic will move to other communities.
Every year, Premananda Hospital in Kolkata provides high quality treatment to more than 6,000 people who are either affected by leprosy, or are from other disadvantaged groups in a city which is one of the most densely populated in the world. The project ensures people affected by leprosy in West Bengal are able to access treatment, with a particular focus on eye care.
Situated in the most densely populated and disadvantaged state in India, the hospital plays a significant role in the health care of the rural population and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its reconstructive surgery. It is the busiest leprosy hospital in the world and treats 55,000 people each year of whom 8,000 are affected by leprosy. Naini also has a successful training school providing short courses of leprosy training to medical workers at all levels from all over India and neighbouring countries, and is pioneering environmental measures to minimise its costs, rubbish and pollution.
We have been working in Purulia since 1888 and the hospital now treats around 45,000 people every year from the surrounding districts of West Bengal, of which approximately 16% are people affected by leprosy. Purulia Hospital provides a wide range of services including leprosy treatment and surgery to correct disabilities, ophthalmology, dermatology, gynaecology, orthopaedics and general surgical procedures. We are also funding the first phase in the construction of a new Outpatients Department and a Nurse Training School, both of which will bring additional income to the hospital, making it more sustainable, and allowing to increase leprosy awareness through reaching more patients and training more healthworkers.
In a state where approximately 40% of the population live in slums or temporary shelter, Shadhara hospital treats over 67,000 patients in total each year, of whom 6,000 are affected by leprosy. It has established a reputation for excellence in the provision of leprosy treatment services which include skin smears and diagnosis, ulcer and wound treatment, reconstructive surgery, multi-drug therapy, leprosy reaction management, general medical services and training. The hospital is now self-funding, but we fund the Community Intervention Unit which does vital outreach work in leprosy colonies and a prison for inmates affected by leprosy or tuberculosis.
Rehabilitation through housing
This project seeks to identify and assist people affected by leprosy to
own a suitable house, this improves both their quality of life and their
social status. The goal of this project is that people affected by
leprosy are able to participate more fully in the life of their
community and are enabled to access resources in order to meet their own
needs and live a dignified life. Homes are always built in a style
appropriate to the surrounding community and community members are given
leprosy awareness training and encouraged to help with construction,
which further helps break down social barriers.
This project, which is currently being developed, will provide livelihood development and advocacy for people affected by leprosy and marginalised women in Uttar Pradesh.
To continue to be able to offer government-accredited courses, India's Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) need to update their equipment and facilities to meet new regulations. This funding will enable three of them to do this and help with their long term sustainability.