Bihar Projects

  • Netra Vasant
  • NTDRU
  • RC - Munger
  • SPARSH
  • FC - Bihar

 

Rural Eye Health Programme - Netra Vasant:

LEPRA-Bihar Rural Eye Health Programme is implemented in four districts Bhagalpur, Munger, Begusarai and Samastipur with support of Sightsavers. The project ensures to enhance the capacities of human resources, build the infrastructure and provide sustainable eye care services through the public health systems for under-deserved communities.

Goal:

Contribute to eradication of avoidable blindness in Munger, Bhagalpur, Begusarai and Samastipur districts of Bihar by 2019

Objectives:
  1. Improved provision of primary and secondary health services through the government and non-government health unit.

  2. Enhanced skills of human resource in the non-government and government health system.

  3. Improved physical infrastructure and appropriate technology for health services in the four districts of Bihar.

  4. Conducive policy environment facilitating eye health service delivery.

Major Achievment:
  1. The eye care comprehensive services started in all the four districts with the operation theatre being inaugurated by  Government of Bihar / Sightsavers  in the Samastipur district.

  2. The ASHAs (1875 Nos.) were capacitated towards enhancement of robust referral mechanism from Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and village.

  3. A documentary film on eye care released by the project,  is helping to replicate the model in other districts of the state and interstates also.

 
 
Referral Centre Munger

The Referral Unit, Munger – a health resource unit for specialised care and support to the patients,  started its operations in 2005. This unit is supported by LEPRA ( 2006), Irish Aid (2007 – 2009), Fontilles (2009 – 2011) and presently by Lepra, UK .

Aim:

To transform the lives of children, women, and men affected by leprosy and other neglected diseases to overcome poverty and prejudice through empowering the people we work with promoting equity for women and children, strengthening public health systems and provision of direct services, fostering research and innovation.

Objectives:
  1. Intensify early case detection for leprosy and lymphatic Filariasis among children, women and men in Munger district

  2. Demonstrate the Project as a Learning Centre for combined approaches in addressing morbidity management and prevention of disabilities due to leprosy and LF.

  3. Prevent disability and provide self-care management services to 3000 people affected by Leprosy and Filariasis

  4. Empower persons affected by leprosy and LF to access entitlements

Major achievements:
  1. The shoe unit has developed various model and design of footwear for persons affected by leprosy and LF. The centre directly distributed 142 pair of customized microcellular rubber footwear to leprosy affected persons and 177 pair to LF affected persons. 285 pair of footwear to the leprosy department, government of Bihar.

  2. 475 persons are counselled individually for better living healthy life conditions and informed about the government social welfare schemes.

  3. Similarly the centre was also conducting the training of Rural Medical practitioner (RMP) and covered 250 persons for early case detection of leprosy.

  4. The team of ILEP, GLRA, NLR and TLM has visited to see the IPOD model for replication in different states, region. They were highly appreciated the models of IPOD for reduction of social stigma and discrimination.

  5. The centre has launched an innovative approach of contact and focal survey of leprosy persons released from treatment in the Munger district. The Contact and Focal Survey is to ascertain the missed out and hidden leprosy cases through strengthening the surveillance with contact and focal survey in Munger district of Bihar state. The case has taken as a sample of 5 years with a target of 1414 cases to be screened/detected. This activity will be implemented during June to December 2016, till date 84 new cases were detected among 706 contacts, showing high percentage of leprosy cases among children.

 
 

SPARSH

  • Introduction

    The referral unit “SPARSH” is a joint initiative of Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) and LEPRA Society to cater the needs of people affected with leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. The estimated high number of cases were residing in the vicinity of coal mines resulted in establishing the referral centre, providing specialised health care services to people and improving their quality of life.

    Aim:

    To improve the quality of life of people suffering from leprosy and related diseases by providing better and quality services

    Goal:

    Enhance early case detection among children, women and men and address the issues to overcome poverty, stigma and discrimination

    Objective :
    1. Intensify early case detection for leprosy and lymphatic Filariasis among children and women in Dhanbad district
    2. Demonstrate the project as a Learning Centre for combined approaches in addressing morbidity management and prevention of disabilities due to leprosy and LF.
    3. Provide care after cure services for 2700 people affected by Leprosy and Lymphatic Filariasis

    Major Achievment:

    1. SPARSH centre has taken an initiative to establish the referral mechanism through community volunteer with partnership of Rishta project and TSRDS.
    2. A reconstructive surgical unit is established with support of TSRDS to perform reconstructive surgeries at the district level.
     
     
     

 

Footwear Centre Patna

LEPRA Footwear Centre, Patna, Bihar was started at Ramnagar, Khagoul, Patna with an objective is to improve functional abilities of persons affected with leprosy, with the support of Lepra UK. During the year, the footwear centre provided counselling to 415 persons affected by leprosy and 406 pair of protective MCR footwear was distributed to the affected persons and 250 pair were supplied to the government leprosy department of Bihar

Mobile foot care Unit, Bihar

LEPRA Sociey has nearly 20 years of experience in manufacturing high quality protective footwear for patients for leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.  These experiences of LEPRA innovated a "Mobile Foot care Unit", the first‐of‐ its‐kind in India, is a huge success. The foot care unit is supported by Pavers (UK) and delivering proper protective footwear to all disabled cases in 63 leprosy colonies in Bihar. The project was formally launched formally in May, 2015 at Patna. 

Aim:

To improve the quality of life for people disabled by leprosy through the provision of quality personalised footwear, improving mobility and reducing risk of amputation.”

Objective:

  1. To manufacture 3,000 pairs of shoes, each designed for individual needs
  2. To train 1500 disabled people in self-care techniques improving mobility and reducing infections
  3. To dress ulcers and provide dressing materials for 1500 patients, reducing recurrent ulcers by 80%
  4. To reach more than 150,000 people with health education messages
  5. To identify and refer new cases to the relevant government health facility
Major Achievment:
  1. The services of this unit were highly appreciated by leprosy inmates and government stakeholders.

  2. The ILEP president and other members visited mobile foot care unit at Gandhi gram Leprosy colony Motipur, Muzaffarpur. ILEP Country Coordinator quoted the project “Mobile Foot care Unit” as a good concept, directly benefitting the persons affected by leprosy. There are plans among these representatives to expand the same in other states too.

 

Bihar Eye Health systems Strengthening

LEPRA-Bihar Eye Health Systems Strengthening project was implemented in 2012 in Munger and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar with the support of Sight Savers International (SSI). The project ensures to enhance the capacities of human resources, build the infrastructure and provide sustainable eye care services through the public health systems for under-deserved communities.

Aim:

Increased capacity of the health systems to deliver and sustain eye care services in two districts of Bihar by 2017

Objectives:
  1. To facilitate conducive policy environment for provision of quality eye care services in Bihar.

  2. Provide sustained and quality eye care services through the government/non government health units in the seven districts.

  3. To build capacity of human resources in the government and non-government eye care units for sustained provision of eye services.

  4. To support improvement of physical infrastructure and appropriate technology for eye services in the seven districts of Bihar.

Major Achievment
  1. The project screened 631 patients and 368 were found with refractive errors and were prescribed spectacles, 10 patients among the 66 identified cases underwent successfully cataract surgeries at Sadar Hospital Bhagalpur.

  2. 46 children were found with refractive errors during the school screening camps organised in 10 schools and they were prescribed spectacles. 14 BPL card holder students were provided spectacles for free.

  3. The ASHAs (159 Nos) were capacitated towards enhancement of referral mechanism in 3 batches.

  4. The school teachers (63 Nos) were trained in two batches, for referral of students for refraction test and other complications during the school screening camps.

  5. The District Health Society members training encompassing 102 participants in two batches.

 
 
ACMO conducting session of Eye Care at Sadar Hospital
Eye Care training for School teachers
Eye care training of ASHA at PHC
Observation of World Sight day
Footwear Centre Patna

LEPRA Footwear Centre, Patna, Bihar was started at Ramnagar, Khagoul, Patna with an objective is to improve functional abilities of persons affected with leprosy, with the support of Lepra UK. During the year, the footwear centre provided counselling to 415 persons affected by leprosy and 406 pair of protective MCR footwear was distributed to the affected persons and 250 pair were supplied to the government leprosy department of Bihar.

Mobile foot care Unit, Bihar

LEPRA Sociey has nearly 20 years of experience in manufacturing high quality protective footwear for patients for leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.  These experiences of LEPRA innovated a "Mobile Foot care Unit", the first‐of‐ its‐kind in India, is a huge success. The foot care unit is supported by Pavers (UK) and delivering proper protective footwear to all disabled cases in 63 leprosy colonies in Bihar. The project was formally launched formally in May, 2015 at Patna. 

Aim:

To improve the quality of life for people disabled by leprosy through the provision of quality personalised footwear, improving mobility and reducing risk of amputation.

Objective:

  1. To manufacture 3,000 pairs of shoes, each designed for individual needs
  2. To train 1500 disabled people in self-care techniques improving mobility and reducing infections
  3. To dress ulcers and provide dressing materials for 1500 patients, reducing recurrent ulcers by 80%
  4. To reach more than 150,000 people with health education messages
  5. To identify and refer new cases to the relevant government health facility
Achievement:
  1. The services of this unit were highly appreciated by leprosy inmates and government stakeholders.
  2. The ILEP president and other members visited mobile foot care unit at Gandhi gram Leprosy colony Motipur, Muzaffarpur. ILEP Country Coordinator quoted the project “Mobile Foot care Unit” as a good concept, directly benefitting the persons affected by leprosy. There are plans among these representatives to expand the same in other states too.

 
 
Hridaya

LEPRA-Hridaya (TI plus) Injecting Drug User project was implemented in 2013 in Bhagalpur district of Bihar with support of India HIV/AIDS Alliance. This project is complementing the Targeted intervention (IDUs) program. It is Community Action in Harm Reduction (CAHR) for People Whose Injecting Drug (PWID), protecting and promoting the rights of these groups by fostering an enabling environment for HIV and harm reduction in country. The project aims to increase the knowledge level of IDUs and their families towards prevention against HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis B and counsel them on safer injecting practices, overdose management, home based care, refer them to ICTC for HIV test and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Increases access to services for IDU in under-served areas and provide additional services in areas where services already exist with an aim to strengthen civil society to implement more effective and impactful HIV interventions through harm reduction strategies.

Aim:

Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) programme goal is that the project injecting drug users (IDUs), their partners and children are healthier, less marginalised and more engaged in social community life. This will be achieved through four pillars; increasing asses, building capacity, promoting, human rights and brokering knowledge.

Objectives

  1. Access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, sexual and reproductive health and other services for injecting drug users is improved.

  2. The capacity of civil society and government stakeholders to deliver harm reduction and other health services to injecting drug users and their partners is increased.

  3. The human rights to injecting drug users and their partners are promoted and human rights protection are increased and advanced in global institutions.

Activities

  1. To complement and supplement the existing harm reduction programme.

  2. Special emphasis on spouses, partners and families.

  3. Major thrust will be upon making essential services available in all sites.

  4. Increased outreach to a wider range of male and female IDUs and addressing health needs and vulnerabilities of their spouses.

  5. To strengthen psychosocial and other support services.

Achievements for January to December 2013

  1. Around 98 IDUs and their families benefited from counselling

  2. 52 IDUs family were registered  and 306 IDUs families were benefited with the project services.

  3. 29 registered clients received follow up services

  4. 82 IDUs were educated for overdose prevention and management. 

  5. 27 IDUs families were referred for SRH services such as safe delivery, family planning, breast feeding and abortion.

  6. 85 IDUs and their families were educated for Hepatitis B and C and out of that 3 tested for HEP-B and 51 IDUs families were capacitated for home based care.

  7. 10 IDUs were linked for social entitlement such as ration card,BPL card and old age pension.

  8. 8 IDUs and 5 IDUs family were referred for TB test and were found negative.

  9. 35 IDUs families volunteered for HIV testing and none were found positive at ICTC, Bhagalpur.