RECLAIM Eastern Development Region Project


Implemented by the Nepal Leprosy Fellowship, RECLAIM 2 works to develop communities on the Terai plains of Nepal through empowering people affected by leprosy and disability by forming Self-Help Groups and Cooperatives.

RECLAIM II uses a SHG/Cooperative model to help develop communities. The project team and the SHGs help find new cases of leprosy, and the project tries to remove barriers to full social inclusion for people with disabilities, such as through MCR footwear or self-care training.

RECLAIM = Releasing the Energy and Capabilities of Leprosy Affected Individuals and other Marginalised people.

Social Return on Investment

Last year, 3,658 people were able to learn more about leprosy, disability, and general health awareness, at a cost of $1.60 per person.

Project Outcome: people affected by leprosy get the care they require

Fulmani was diagnosed with leprosy nine years ago, but stopped treatment when she lost her prescription and access to Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT). She was afraid to seek treatment because she didn’t hold Nepali citizenship. In the absence of treatment, Fulmani’s feet formed large wounds that wouldn’t heal, and she could barely walk as a result.

Nepal Leprosy Fellowship (NLF) found Fulmani and helped her get her citizenship and a disability card, so she could again access treatment. When it became clear that her wounds were too severe to manage, NLF helped Fulmani get to Anandaban Hospital, where her foot was successfully amputated. Once she is fully recovered from the operation, NLF will fit Fulmani with a prosthetic leg.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The RECLAIM EDR Project II 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.

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.

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