Sri Lanka

  • Empowering disadvantaged communities - JaffnaEmpowering disadvantaged communities - Jaffna
  • Mobilising communities for the reduction of leprosy prevalence and stigmaMobilising communities for the reduction of leprosy prevalence and stigma

Empowering disadvantaged communities in Jaffna

Working in leprosy-affected communities in Jaffna and other areas of Northern Sri Lanka, this project identifies people affected by leprosy, ensuring treatment is delivered and hospital referrals are arranged where necessary. Regular home visits are made by health workers, and villagers are trained in self-care techniques to dress wounds and prevent further injury. Leprosy awareness workshops are being held for school teachers so they can help identify new cases, reduce stigma and support children affected by leprosy in their schools. Drama workshops are raising awareness of leprosy and reducing stigma. Training of people affected by leprosy on their legal rights and community responsibilities, healthy eating, health and hygiene, and issues surrounding gender-based violence are also being held. 

Mobilising communities for the reduction of leprosy prevalence and stigma

The aim of this project is to raise awareness of leprosy and reduce stigma associated with the disease across Sri Lanka. Leaders of evangelical churches and multi-faith communities across the country are being taught about leprosy and are then raising the awareness of their respective congregations. Once aware about the disease, these churches and other faith groups are being supported to reach out to their surrounding communities, to raise awareness and support those affected by leprosy.