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TATA STEEL Dedicates State-of-the-art Reconstructive Surgery (RCS) at Jamadoba

A ten-bedded, one-of-its-kind reconstructive surgery (RCS) unit in Eastern India was dedicated by Tata Steel at Jamadoba, Dhanbad district, Jharkhand, to provide free treatment to those disabled by leprosy. The Unit was inaugurated by Ruchi Narendran on 24th May, in the presence of Sudha Srivastav, Dist. Leprosy Officer, Mita Singhal, Mrs. Sailaja Sundararamam, Rakhi Banerjee, Nupur Das, Jasbir Kaur, Tanya Banerjee and Dr. A. Rohatgi, Chief Medical Officer.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Narendran said that awareness was the key to check the spread of the disease and activists of the Organisation would visit different parts of the district to apprise students about leprosy. She further stated that awareness drives with the help of mobile education units of the Society were also on the cards.

In 2009, a disability care unit SPARSH (a joint venture of Tata Steel and LEPRA) was started at Jamadoba. And this dedication in 2017 is slated to provide not only pre-operative and post-operative care by committed surgeons, but also leprosy eradication programmes benefitting patients from the states of Jharkhand and Bihar. Supported by LEPRA Society, 20 patients have already been drawn from Bhagalpur, Banka, Sahebganj, Munger and Dhanbad districts of Bihar and Jharkhand to access the services of this unit.

Walk to beat leprosy 2017

On Sunday, 29th January, 2017, as part of anti-leprosy fortnight, LEPRA Society a pan-India Non-Government Organisation headquartered in Hyderabad working in six states, organised a walk to beat leprosy. The Honourable Mayor Shri Bonthu Rammohan flagged off the walk.  At the inaugural function other special guests included Mr. N.Mukesh Kumar – ex Indian Hockey captain, Mr. Goverdhan Reddy, Mr. S. Hari Vardhan Reddy, Mr. V.B. Fadnavis Regional Executive Director- NTPC Ltd, Mr. Prakash Raj, Film Actor and Dr John Babu State Leprosy.

In her welcome address, Dr. V. Rukmini Rao, Chairman, LEPRA Society, appreciated the presence of the Mayor as it showed Hyderabad cares for leprosy. She stressed that there is no need to fear leprosy as it curable and she urged those present in the Walk will spread this message.

Mallikarjuna and Sayamma, two of the beneficiaries from the Shantinagar leprosy Colony, Amberpet were thankful to LEPRA for the emotional and financial support provided by LEPRA.

All the dignitaries present garlanded the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shri VP Fadnavis, Executive Director, NTPC, expressed happiness at the presence of various personalities from various backgrounds and young people at this Walk to spread the message to eradicate leprosy. Actor Prakash  Raj captivated the audience with a story - the moral of  which was not to judge anyone  or socially exclude anyone. He emphasised awareness and knowledge are powerful as they help to drive away fear. He said he was happy to have got a call to attend this event and he said we should take a pledge to consciously fight leprosy. N. Mukesh Kumar, Ex Indian Hockey Captain, mentioned that the presence of celebrities from politics, sports and films and from all religions proves that LEPRA has support from all of them. In his address, the Chief Guest underlined the fact that leprosy is curable and medicines are free. He expressed sadness over the fact that two beneficiaries who narrated their experiences were residents of a leprosy colony in Hyderabad city. This shows that they have been alienated from society. He was touched by the presence of LEPRA General Body member N Janardhan Reddy, whose experience in the field of leprosy was more than his own age! The celebrities released balloons and the Walk was flagged off by the Mayor. The honourable Mayor accompanied by dignitaries, motivated the walk participants by joining them for a stretch of the walk during which slogans like “Leprosy is Curable”, Multi-Drug Therapy is available” and “Do not stigmatise people affected by Leprosy” were  raised by the participants who walked from Peoples Plaza to Lumbini Park and back. There were approximately 1100 participants from all walks of life including people affected by leprosy, students, medical professionals, employees of corporate organisations, Bharat Scouts Guides, cadres of National Service Scheme, LEPRA Society Management Committee members and staff. The walk was sponsored by citizens who contributed in cash as well as kind. Media Coverage :http://www.eenadu.net/district/inner.aspx?dsname=Hyderabad&info=hyd-gen16 - Eenadu

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Eye care programmes are initiated at Junagarh Netra Chikitsalaya (JNC), Odisha.  On 22 January 2017, 14 cataract cases were being successfully operated.
Empowering a poor family towards Education
“CHAHA (Wish) project is supporting children of persons affected by leprosy to continue their education."

With Oracle grant,  372 children ​affected by leprosy​ were supported ​to pursue their education​ during 2016-17​. ​The ​grant from Oracle  help​ed in reducing barriers to education in ​14 leprosy endemic districts in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Bihar​ states​. Th​e​ program will serve children whose families cannot afford to send them to school and youth who have discontinued their education and seek vocational skill development opportunities.

Health Care Wash Project Ensuring Safe water, sanitation and Hygiene LEPRA Society is implementing this new project with the support of Water Aid since November 2014 in the districts of Nizamabad and Vizianagaram in selected Primary/Community Health Centres (PHC/CHC), Area and District Hospitals (AH/DH) and Villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Districts

PHC

CHC

AH

DH

Villages

Nizamabad

41

14

3

1

82

Vizianagaram

68

11

1

1

136

Total

109

25

4

2

218

To bring change in policy implementation scenario on water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure as well as maintenance by health service providers in healthcare facilities is ensured with the following objectives.

* To ensure water and sanitation rights of people in healthcare facilities. * To build the capacity of water and sanitation committees on WASH. * To take up a disease trend analysis (among children below six years and neo-natal). * To engage with government to improve WASH infrastructure in healthcare facilities.

LEPRA Society with its vast experience in public health problems, has now attempted to address water and sanitation problems in rural / tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh.

Progress so far ……..

The project has completed Base Line Survey and conducted capacity building trainings to the selected Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs) in enhancing their knowledge and skills in Vizianagaram and Nizamabad districts. It also organised Kalajatha programme creating awareness about WASH and VHSNCs in selected villages. The Base line survey findings were disseminated to the district and state officials to evolve a suitable action plan to address the issues identified from the study.

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