India is a diverse and intriguing country with a population of over 1.2 billion.
It is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet, ironically, still contains the largest concentration of poor people, with a rate of malnutrition among children almost five times more than that of China, and twice that of Sub-Saharan Africa.
India has about 70% of all leprosy patients worldwide. TLM’s work started in India in 1874, and it remains a key area for the Mission, with over 50% of resources being channelled there. In recent years, TLM has become more holistic in its approach to care for people affected by leprosy. This includes not only healthcare, but education, rehabilitation and vocational training.
TLM runs 18 hospitals in India, which provide general medical services, as well as specialist leprosy care and referral services.
TLMA partners with The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) in its work.
These hospitals provide much needed medical care to people affected by leprosy including Multi-Drug Therapy, reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and ulcer care. As well as leprosy care, the hospitals also provide general medical services to their local communities.
Last year, the combined efforts of these three hospitals saw:
• More than 51,000 people treated for leprosy and general health conditions.
• 679 new leprosy cases identified.
• 1,612 people affected by leprosy provided with counselling.
• 279 people receive reconstructive
surgery for leprosy impairments.
This project started in January 2014, building on lessons learned in the Disability Rights Project (previously supported by TLMA). The aim of this project is that people with disabilities are able to claim their rights in terms of employment, education, health care and community participation. The project works at a village level to establish groups of people with disabilities and then assists these groups in advocating for their rights. In this way, the project has benefitted 3,638 people with disabilities in targeted communities. The project has also worked to establish two Disability Information Centres – so that people with disabilities are able to seek advice about their rights and the services available to them.