Sharing best practice

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We are a learning organisation, committed to identifying and sharing effective practice. Working with marginalised people living in extreme poverty, often in difficult environments, means that community development is a complex process. Review, reflection, learning and action are integral to our projects. This means that even when things do not go according to plan the experiences are not wasted, rather they are used to improve practice and inform our other projects so that we can ensure our work is as effective as possible.

The most important people we can learn from are those we serve: people affected by leprosy, disability and other marginalised groups. Therefore in the documents below you can read of the learning we have identified through working with these amazing people, learning that we are using to inform the design of future programmes.

Empowering Tribal Communities of Karwar (ETCK)

Empowering Tribal Communities of Karwar (ETCK) was co-funded by UK Aid and The Leprosy Mission. It aimed to address the chronic poverty of Gowli, Siddi and Lamani tribes in the Karwar Tribal belt of Karnataka in India. The project design, based on empowerment and sustainability, focused on improving access to education, rights and entitlements, heath care and employment. It aimed to address leprosy awareness and support people affected by the disease by integrating them into a project that worked towards holistic community development.

This booklet highlights the lessons learned from the project and shares the stories of some of the key people involved.

Choice, Dignity & Integration of Devadasi & the Socially Excluded

Choice, Dignity and Integration of Devadasi and the Socially Excluded was co-funded by the European Commission and The Leprosy Mission. Working with devadasi (temple prostitutes), persons affected by leprosy, HIV and disability, and marginalised women and girls, it supported them to make informed decisions to improve their quality of life and to be gainfully employed. The project also worked with surrounding communities to help prevent the spread of leprosy and HIV, and co-ordinate access to treatment and holistic support for those affected by these diseases.

Through raising awareness of legal entitlements and human rights, it encouraged community groups to work together to lobby against devadasi practices and discrimination, for the upholding of the law, and for improved equity and access to education and health services. People with disabilities were supported through community- based rehabilitation, with a particular focus on children with disabilities.

This booklet shares some of the stories of those involved and highlights the lessons learned from the project.

Food Security for the Ultra Poor

The Food Security Project in Gaibandha (2009-2013), supported by The Leprosy Mission, aimed to improve the food security situation of 40,000 ultra poor female headed households in a densely-populated and disaster prone area in the north of Bangladesh. Women received training and resources to enable them to have a livelihood, education on leprosy treatment and disability prevention, health and hygiene education. They also received training on accessing government benefits and disaster preparedness.

This report shares case studies from the project and highlights lessons learned.


Challenging Anti-Leprosy Legislation (CALL)

The Challenging Anti-Leprosy Legislation (CALL) project ran from June 2010 to March 2015 with the aim of reducing social and legal discrimination faced by people affected by leprosy in India and their family members.  The project facilitated the empowerment of 13,566 people affected by leprosy, supporting them to claim equal rights and be included in the development process.  It also advocated to the India Government to change discriminatory legislation, working with the Law Commission to develop a draft Bill to repeal discriminatory laws and enshrine the rights of people affected by leprosy. CALL was co-funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID),The Leprosy Mission England and Wales and The Leprosy Mission Netherlands.

This report shares some of the successes of the project and stories of people affected by leprosy whose lives have been transformed as a result.

Providing Holistic Care – recognising the importance of mental health in rehabilitation

Anandaban Hospital, near Kathmandu, Nepal prides its self not just on catering for the medical needs of its clients, but also ensuring that their psychological and spiritual needs are met too. A diagnosis of leprosy can leave someone in despair, concerned about their future and their acceptance by family and society. Providing holistic leprosy care is more than just making sure people are treated for the disease. It is also about helping them to feel valued and loved; providing them with the opportunity to discuss issues that are troubling them and share their experience, so they have the inner resources to live life in all its fullness.

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The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for lymphatic filariasis and leprosy care and inclusion

There are currently opportunities for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD) sectors to focus on integrated and holistic approaches to eliminating lymphatic filariasis and leprosy. This briefing paper developed in partnership with WaterAid, provides a starting point for effecting change.

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