India

  • Care for elderly people affected by leprosy at Bankura SnehalayaCare for elderly people affected by leprosy at Bankura Snehalaya
  • Bankura Vocational Training CentreBankura Vocational Training Centre
  • Rainbow Children's Home, Andhra PradeshRainbow Children’s Home, Andhra Pradesh
  • Leprosy colony development in Andhra PradeshLeprosy colony development in Andhra Pradesh
  • Challenging Anti-leprosy LegislationChallenging Anti-Leprosy Legislation
  • Champa Vocational Training CentreChampa Vocational Training Centre
  • Chandkhuri HospitalChandkhuri Hospital
  • Catch them young programmeCatch Them Young programme
  • Integrated community development in DelhiIntegrated community development in Delhi
  • National leprosy elmination programme, ChhattisgarhNational leprosy elmination programme, Chhattisgarh

Bankura Snehalaya

The residential home at Bankura Hospital provides support for 35 elderly people who are severely disabled by leprosy and have no way of caring for themselves. The needs of the residents are addressed through ongoing group and individual counselling, and relatives are encouraged to visit in order to restore relationships made difficult as a result of stigma. 

Bankura Vocational Training Centre

This project provides vocational training to approximately 150 young people affected by leprosy or disability. This will enable them to access employment, often in large firms in Kolkata, or self-employment, becoming 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 monitor employment practices in the firms in which they work, promoting fair labour.

Rainbow Children’s Home, Andhra Pradesh

Brighter Future Development Trust's Rainbow Children's Home provides care for 80 children who are from leprosy communities 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. Additional activities such as extra classes, including computing, helping on the small farm, helping prepare food, games, dancing and sport aid the children’s wider development and help them to feel a sense of community.

Leprosy colony development in Andhra Pradesh

This project is providing housing for 31 families affected by leprosy, offering safe accommodation with water and sanitation, built in partnership with the Government of India. Families are being trained in self-care and wound-dressing. Three people are being 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 also being given to enable people affected by leprosy to access government benefits and pensions, and regular food parcels are distributed to 50 of the most needy households across the five communities, helping them to stay in their homes instead of needing residential care.

Champa Vocational Training Centre

Vocational training is being provided to 120 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 addition, all the students help on the centre's organic farm which helps to reduce its running costs.

Chandkhuri Hospital

In Chhattisgarh, the State with India’s highest leprosy prevalence rate and an area where more than a third of the population live in absolute poverty, this hospital provides essential high quality treatment for leprosy complications, reconstructive surgery and general health care. Each year, the hospital provides treatment to more than 26,000 patients, of which almost 2,000 are affected by leprosy. Complimentary services include health education, dental care, disability care, physiotherapy and counselling services.

CHANGED

This project is a blend of medical services and empowerment of people affected by leprosy and other disabilities. The former Miraj Hospital is being developed into a rehabilitation centre providing services to people affected by leprosy and disability including reconstructive surgery, ulcer care and physiotherapy. The centre is also pioneering the 3D scanning of feet and 3D printing of protective footwear as part of a Google-funded project. The rehabilitation centre is 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 provides 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 is building upon ongoing advocacy, livelihoods and stigma research work across four Indian States and is jointly implemented by TLM Trust India (nationally) and Brighter Futures (in Andhra Pradesh), to transform lives through advocacy, training and employment. More than 9,000 people affected by leprosy and disabilities are being enrolled in community advocacy groups through which they are accessing their rights and entitlements for the first time (including ID cards, disability pensions, travel passes, subsidised food rations, disability aids and other Government schemes).  Through TLM’s Vocational Training Centres, and less formal community-based training, people are developing the skills to improve their livelihoods. This project is supported with research input from Leeds University’s Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS).

SOAR

This project is empowering people affected by leprosy and disabilities across Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, to make their own incomes through dairy 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. 

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 undertake 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.

Media centre

TLM Trust India's media centre actively engages in developing awareness materials on leprosy, raising the issue of leprosy in the media and with the Government. It is presently engaged in supporting CREATE projects work with the Law Commission to repeal discriminatory legislation and influencing the content of the recently enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill. An exciting partnership with NDTV led to the public screening of 'UNWANTED', a powerful documentary about leprosy stigma which is being shown across India.

Premananda Hospital

Every year Premananda Hospital in Kolkata provides high quality treatment to over 4,000 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 leprosy treatment, with a particular focus on eye care.

Purulia Hospital

TLM has been working in Purulia since 1888 and the hospital now treats around 30-40,000 people every year from West Bengal and neighbouring states, of which approximately 1,000 are people directly affected by leprosy. Purulia Hospital provides a wide range of services including leprosy treatment and surgery to correct disabilities, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopaedics and general surgical procedures. Your donations are also funding the first phase in the construction of a new Outpatients Department which will bring additional income to the hospital, making it more sustainable, and able to reach more people in need of health care.

Fundraising

As India’s economy grows it is becoming more important for The Leprosy Mission to generate funds within India.  The Leprosy Mission Trust India is being supported to develop strong funding partnerships with individuals, corporates and churches within India, to help fund the projects within the country.

Research

The Stanley Browne Research Laboratory in New Delhi has a significant publication record for molecular and drug resistance studies, including leprosy viability investigations. Other research includes looking at whether there are any non-human sources of leprosy infection.