Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara
This project aims to increase access to quality leprosy, Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and disability services within an integrated health system for communities in Zamfara, Nigeria. Working closely with the Nigerian Government’s Department of Health to improve health services for people with leprosy and LF, train health workers, and increase access to health clinics at a local level.
The project works to integrate leprosy awareness and services into existing health services and communities in Zamfara through supporting the strengthening of general health services. This is done through improving facilities and services in public health centres and hospitals to improve leprosy treatment services. Additionally, the project works to increase services provided at public health centres, such as antenatal care, mental health services, counselling. As increased community members access these services, leprosy screening is routinely provided.
Additionally, the project works within communities to improve general health through the provision of clean water in water poor communities, provide assistive devices (prosthetic limbs) and conduct leprosy awareness campaigns.
Working towards more inclusive communities by breaking the stigma of leprosy is also a key focus of the project. Self-Help Groups involving people with leprosy and other disabilities are supported to develop stable livelihoods and increase their confidence to become active contributing members of their communities. People with leprosy are taught to advocate for their rights and the project provides support to change processes to ensure their rights are upheld (For example: in ensuring people with leprosy can vote in the national elections).
The Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara project in Nigeria is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other Neglected Tropical Diseases and disability in Nigeria.
Please note: Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Due to added security measures, donations below $10 can no longer be processed online. To make a gift $9 or less, please call us on 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767).
If the area of need becomes fully funded, your gift will go where most needed.