Participatory Action for Community Empowerment and Development


The PACED CHAMP project helps improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability. It provides self-care training and assistive devices to people affected by leprosy. It also provides community awareness events to educate communities on domestic and gender violence issues. This project runs across three districts: Chitwan, Makwanpur and Parsa. The Leprosy Mission Nepal implements this project.



In its third year of a five year cycle, the following successes have been achieved:

• Health and hygiene training provided to 801 project participants.

• 48 people were provided with assistive devices (such as walking frames and wheelchairs).

• 90 people were provided with micro-credit training to assist in the development of their own business.

• 64 people received prevention of disability training.

Through your support of the PACED CHAMP project in 2017, 64 Self Help Groups with 801 members were empowered to become leaders within their community through leadership management training at a cost of 35,261 rupees/ AUD $451 per group.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The PACED CHAMP project 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 and disability in Nepal.


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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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