• 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 come forward for free medicine, surgery and help with disability prevention. Government health staff in the hospital and the community 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 attend vocational training. People affected by leprosy are helped to form self-help groups, through which they can receive loans, for example to buy goats or fertiliser to improve their farms' yields. Grain banks have also been set up to improve communities' food security during periods of famine. For the most vulnerable in the community, food aid is provided through 'food-for-work' activities.

Community empowerment and leprosy services

This four-year project started in January 2015 and is funded by the Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee (GOAC) . It covers the central regions of Niamey (the capital of Niger) and Tillabéri, building upon previous projects in these areas. It will also extend to Dosso, Zinder and Tahoua regions, which include some of the most remote, under-served regions in the country. It is a wide-ranging project with activities in the fields of health, disability prevention, physical rehabilitation, housing, livelihood development, education, vocational training and adult literacy. The project will work with various partners including IDEA, an association of people affected by leprosy, and ODI, an experienced local NGO which uses a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) approach to work with people with disabilities.