Niger

  • Controlling leprosy in MaradiControlling leprosy in Maradi
  • Community empowerment and leprosy servicesCommunity empowerment and leprosy services

Controlling leprosy in Maradi

This project centres on the CSL Hospital in Danja, in the southern region of Maradi, and serves nine leprosy-affected communities in the region. The project increases people’s access to leprosy treatment by raising awareness about leprosy symptoms and treatment, encouraging people with the disease to access medical treatment. People affected by leprosy also receive surgery, mobility aids and help with disability prevention. Government health staff from across the region are trained to detect and treat leprosy. The project also supports a range of socio-economic development activities near the hospital. Housing and water supplies are provided, and children are given support to attend school. Literacy classes are organised, especially for women, and young people are helped to access vocational training. 

Community empowerment and leprosy services

This project covers the central regions of Niamey (the capital of Niger), Tillabéri, Dosso, Zinder and Tahoua regions, which include some of the most remote, under-served regions in the country. It is a holistic project with activities in the fields of health, disability prevention, physical rehabilitation, housing, livelihood development, education, vocational training and adult literacy. The project works with various partners including IDEA, an association of people affected by leprosy, and ODI, an experienced local organisation specialising in community-based rehabilitation (CBR) with people with disabilities.