LEPRA CHAHA (meaning a wish in Hindi) project is providing educational support to 300 children to pursue their education (formal and remedial) and ensuring the immediate well-being and holistic development of children with leprosy. This educational support is provided by Oracle after an assessment and finalisation of children of leprosy beneficiaries is undertaken by LEPRA by its state-level educational committee and is rendered in LEPRA’s operational areas particularly the 13 leprosy endemic districts of Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar. This will aid children of persons affected with leprosy who cannot afford to send their children to school or children who discontinued their education due to family/financial constraints, and also to children interested in seeking vocational skill development opportunities. In the current financial year 2016-2017, 200 children got benefitted due to the CHAHA project, 181 children were provided with educational support and/or vocational training; 222 children/ students received scholastic materials; two children drop outs were readmitted to schools; 74% of children improved their performance grades and five students improved their economic status through their employment prospectus.

Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC):Implementing SBCC activities that promote behaviour for appropriate age of marriage, new born care and routine immunisation is being implemented in Mahaboobnagar district of Telanganan. This project aims to contribute towards the creation of a protective environment for children, safeguarding new born babies from various diseases by care and immunisation and adolescents from being married before the legal age, and ensuring families and communities have safe hygienic surroundings through systematically coordinated intensive Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC). The Primary beneficiaries include household members in the family and secondary beneficiaries, the health line workers at the grassroot level.

WDRC: LEPRA Society initiated its work in Delhi in 1999 through its mobile leprosy treatment units in collaboration with Damien Foundation India Trust covering south west district and parts of south district of Delhi. In 2012, the Delhi Leprosy Referral Centre (WDRC) was established in partnership with State leprosy office in the premises of the Guru Gobind Singh government hospital. The purpose is to provide and ensure access to quality leprosy services and bridge the gap in services not available in the existing health system. The project supports outreach activities and services at referral facilities situated in West Delhi urban slums area.

Every year above 1000 new cases are being reported. The health infrastructure, in terms of expertise for leprosy services, is inadequate. The aim is to enable women, children and men affected by leprosy and other neglected diseases to transform their lives by overcoming poverty, stigma and discrimination.

BPHRC: The State Art centre “Blue Peter Public Health and Research Centre” comprises clinical epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and administrative divisions. The divisions are independent entities with a high focus on microbiology, immunology and a clinic supporting leprosy referral services, TB DOTS services, HIV ICTC Centre. The Centre works with clinical research and services, laboratory research, technical resource centre-leprosy and administration, envisioned to carry out clinical, laboratory services in leprosy and TB, conduct clinical and laboratory research of value for immediate application in the care and control of leprosy and other neglected diseases, closely collaborate with programmes in the field.

Health Care WASH is a three-year project initiated in November 2014, implemented in Nizamabad district of Telangana and Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh States. The project aims to bring change in policy implementation scenario of water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure as well as maintenance of same by health service providers in health care facilities is ensured. At the community level the local committees which represent marginalised community members will be strengthened so that the community with whom we work with will be empowered. As a result, the communities will be in a position to demand their rights for water and sanitation at the health centres for availing health services. The project will reach nearly 40,000 beneficiaries through 20 health care facilities (10 per district) and 40 Gram Panchayats (20 per district).

NTDRU, Adilabad: Neglected Tropical Disease Resource Unit (NTDRU) supports the outreach activities and services at referral facilities situated in Nirmal rural division and Kagaznagar tribal area. The purpose is to promote early case detection among women and children and prevent disability, as well as halt the worsening of existing disability. The project also empowers the people affected and their forums to claim their rights and entitlements. It works with affected people promoting direct service delivery at all levels benefitting 5500 (direct/indirect) beneficiaries and also empowering them to claim their rights and entitlements.

NTDRU, Hyderabad: Neglected Tropical Disease Resource Unit, Hyderabad currently supports the outreach activities and services at referral facilities situated in Hyderabad urban slums and Mahaboobnagar rural area. The project promotes early case detection among women and children and prevents disability among people affected by leprosy and LF benefitting direct/indirectly 10000 beneficiaries.

Technical Resource Unit: The unit covers 31 districts of Telangana state with the main objective of strengthening District Nucleus Team by imparting training to the District staff and NLEP staff, ensuring early detection, prevention of disability, especially among women and children, and provide technical support to government in implementing the National Leprosy Eradication Programme.

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