The Self Care Unit at Anandaban Hospital provides Self Care education to people affected by leprosy in Nepal. It is essential for people with leprosy-related sensory loss and muscle weakness to learn how to prevent injury and care for their wounds. The Self Care Unit provides practical training to do this. Your support of this project prevents the development of further injury or disability.
The success of this project over the last year include:
- 230 people provided with training on the prevention of impairment and disability at the Self-Care Unit
- 171 people provided with assistive devices via the Self-Care Unit
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The Leprosy Mission in NepalLeprosy 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.
The Leprosy Mission Nepal is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by distributing sanitisers, masks and disinfectant soap to communities around the Anandaban Hospital area.
They are also raising community awareness through local radio stations.