Nepal Education Program

Nepal

The Education Program helps children affected by leprosy or disability attend school. Without this support, these children would miss out on an education. Getting children to school is difficult for families in poverty. This program provides these students with access to the uniforms, books and food necessary to obtain an education. Over the last year, your support has supported 276 primary, secondary and tertiary students in this program.

The Leprosy Mission in Nepal

Leprosy remains a significant health problem in Nepal—a population where the majority of people are subsistence farmers. The leprosy-prevalence rate is 2.6 cases per 10,000 population (WHO, 2013), well above the World Health Organisation elimination target. Poverty, the stigma of leprosy, and poor access to healthcare all contribute to the high rate of leprosy.

The Leprosy Mission Australia has been working in partnership with the Nepali government since 1957, providing specialist leprosy care at Anandaban Hospital, which is also a centre for extensive leprosy research and treatment development.

In partnership with Leprosy Mission Nepal and Nepal Leprosy Fellowship (NLF), The Leprosy Mission Australia works in community empowerment, development, disability awareness and rehabilitation, and socio-economic rehabilitation in the Central Development and Eastern Development Regions of Nepal.

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