Nepal

  • A woman from Nepal who is farming goats as part of a self-help group

Anandaban Hospital

This project enables Anandaban Leprosy Hospital to provide high quality, comprehensive medical care to 6,000 people affected by leprosy, and basic medical services to over 25,000 other people in the region per year. Anandaban is one of the largest leprosy referral hospitals in Nepal, providing free, high quality treatment for leprosy complications and reconstructive surgery. Patients are also trained in self-care techniques to ensure that their injuries do not deteriorate. Approximately 1,600 surgeries are carried out, of which 250 are reconstructive surgeries for people affected by leprosy every year. 

Central region technical support & training (Anandaban)

This project initially worked closely with the Government of Nepal to provide training for government health workers in leprosy diagnosis, treatment and self-care.  It also provided training for project workers from other NGOs and enabled The Leprosy Mission to have a voice in government leprosy policy and decision-making. The project is now working on improving the sustainability of its previous initiatives.

Anandaban Hospital Reconstruction

Phase 2 of the reconstruction of Anandaban will be the development of a new leprosy centre which will spread across three floors; with the upper levels being fully accessible for disabled patients and visitors. It will become the main heart of the hospital and will contain the Trauma Department, Emergency Department and Maternity Department.

IDEA Nepal

IDEA Nepal, an association of people affected by leprosy, started in 1998 and focuses on advocacy and awareness-raising activities in seven provinces of Nepal. Achievements in 2018 include: establishing leprosy on the school curriculum, a workshop for school headteachers at Anandaban, a poetry camp on leprosy and a related publication, training on legal rights, building capacity of members to provide psychosocial care and peer to peer counselling. Funding is focused on developing organisational capacity.

Nepal research

In addition to employing highly qualified medical experts, Anandaban Hospital is home to a world-class leprosy research centre. In the on-site laboratories, crucial diagnostic tests for leprosy are conducted – to ensure that patients are quickly and accurately diagnosed – and research enables the team to advance their understanding of this disease and its links with other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). This project is providing core research costs to enable the lab to access donor funding for international research studies. The team actively partner with the best in their field to ensure they continually produce cutting-edge research. Their strong history of clinical, molecular and immunological international partnerships includes: Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK); and the Department of Health and Human Services National Hansen’s Disease Programs (USA). Studies they are involved in include the development of an early diagnostic test.

Livelihoods & Empowerment (Kirby Laing Foundation)

Funded by the Kirby Laing Foundation, this project is working with 1,200 people marginalised within their communities for reasons of disability, caste, gender, leprosy (and other diseases), who are experiencing complex personal, social and economic problems resulting in extreme poverty. Through self-help groups, advocacy, micro-finance, asset transfer, empowerment and skills training, clients will be able to earn an income and enjoy better levels of participation in family and community life.

Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP) Project

This project is part of a clinical research study exploring the potential of using a single-dose of rifampicin (SDR) to help control the spread of leprosy. The project covers two districts in Nepal, training community health volunteers to screen contacts of those diagnosed with leprosy and then enabling them to treat those without clinical signs of leprosy with SDR. Suspect cases are referred to trained medics for confirmation of diagnosis and treatment.