Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara

Nigeria

This project aims to increase access to quality leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (LF) and disability services within an integrated health system for communities in Zamfara, Nigeria. The project worked closely with the Nigerian Government’s Department of Health to improve health services for people with leprosy and LF, train health workers, and increase access to health clinics at a local level.

The project also works with communities to become more inclusive by breaking the stigma of leprosy and disability.  In addition, they help empower people with disabilities to develop good stable livelihoods and become active contributing members of their communities.

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Australian Aid 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.

 

 

The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria

Nigeria 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.

The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria

Nigeria 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. In Zamfara over 70% of people live in poverty.1 Many curable diseases are still rampant throughout the country, as only half the population has access to clean water and proper sanitation.  Leprosy continues to be a big concern in Nigeria and due to myths and superstitions about the disease, stigma and discrimination against people with leprosy is still very high.2



Reference

  1. Statista 2020, Poverty headcount rate in Nigeria as of 2019, by state, Statista, viewed 8 June 2021, <https://www.statista.com/statistics/1121438/poverty-headcount-rate-in-nigeria-by-state/>.

  2. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control 2017, Leprosy, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Viewed 8 June 2021, <https://ncdc.gov.ng/diseases/factsheet/33>.

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