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What is Total Loving Cure?

Total Loving Cure (TLC) starts with diagnosis of the infection and typically cures the disease and rehabilitates the patient.

This is not where TLC ends, however; sadly, the cure does not wipe out the stigma associated with the disease, and so TLC continues to provide the right support for the individual to readjust and live a happy and productive life. This can be a long and painstaking process that needs ongoing support.

The Total Loving Cure program will give hope, encouragement, and practical support to a person affected by leprosy. As a TLC Giver you will touch the lives of the world’s poorest through your support of The Leprosy Mission Australia’s ministry of total loving cure.

Education

Learning to recognise the early signs of leprosy is vitally important if people are to avoid the long-term consequences of the disease. The Leprosy Mission runs regular education sessions that explain what the disease is, how it is spread and the importance of early detection.

Screening

Along with education, screening sessions are an invaluable tool in catching leprosy in its early stages. If leprosy can be treated within six months of a patient showing signs  of the disease then the chances are extremely good that they will suffer no long-term effects.

Medication

The first breakthrough in treating leprosy came in the 1940’s but it was not until the 1980’s that an effective Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) that can cure leprosy became available. The Leprosy Mission works with local health authorities and other agencies to ensure the provision of MDT.

Surgery

If not treated early enough, patients with leprosy can be left with permanent nerve damage particularly to their hands, feet and eyes. Although surgery cannot reverse the nerve damage, in many cases it is able to vastly improve the working function of a leprosy patient’s hands or feet and through corrective surgery prevent further damage occurring

 

 

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy plays a major role in restoring as much function as possible to leprosy patients. After surgery, patients must relearn how to use their muscles and build up their strength, or be taught how to manage crutches or artificial limbs. Physio is also used to teach people affected by leprosy how to care for their insensitive hands, feet and eyes in order to prevent disability or the worsening of disability.

Support

People affected by leprosy often struggle against discrimination and stigma in their communities. Due to injuries suffered through the disease it can be difficult for them to resume the work they were once doing. The Leprosy Mission offers vocational support and other opportunities to begin a business or simply to re-engage and live full lives within society.

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If you are already a regular giver and have any queries, please contact Georgie (tlc@leprosymission.org.au) or call 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767) .

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