This project aimed to increase access to quality leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (LF) and disability services within an integrated health system for communities in Zamfara. The project worked closely with the Government’s Department of Health to improve health services, train health workers, and increase access to health clinics at a local level. The project also worked with communities to help ensure people with disabilities were included in society.
• Zero Transmission
• No child with leprosy by 2035
• Reduce leprosy and its lifelong burden on people like Lawali and their families
What we do together
• Train Government Health Workers to find and diagnosis leprosy, and help people like Abdullah look after their bodies to prevent injury and disability
• Train Community Volunteers to spot leprosy in their village and refer for diagnosis and treatment
• Provide people affected by leprosy with mobility aids and protective footwear
• Strengthen community-based health centres to provide healthcare, leprosy care and mental health services
• Train peer counsellors in mental health counselling to help and refer people like Lawali who have experienced rejection and stigma.
|Supported by the Australian Government|
|The Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara 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, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Nigeria.|
Give To This Project
The Leprosy Mission in NigeriaNigeria is located in Western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, and is one of the most populated countries in the world. With more than 250 ethnic groups, all with varying languages and customs, Nigeria has a rich ethnic diversity. Health and healthcare, along with general living conditions, are very poor in Nigeria; the average life expectancy is only 47 years for both males and females. Many curable diseases are still rampant throughout the country, as only half the population has access to clean water and proper sanitation.
The Leprosy Mission Australia partners with The Leprosy Mission Nigeria in its work.