The mere mention of leprosy continues to evoke fear and dread among people across the board. The adversities suffered by leprosy patients are multipronged including medical, social and psychological problems.
Although since 2005, leprosy was formally eliminated as a public health problem, India continues to have a high burden of disease, accounting close to 58% of the cases worldwide.In India, inspite of having achieved Leprosy elimination as a public health problem, (0.67 new case per 10,000 population), a total of 135,485 new cases were detected in 2017 (according to the Central Leprosy Division of the health ministry).
At Lepra, we were inspired by Saint Teresa’s work and decided to do our share in helping the Missionaries of Charity in their work in treating and rehabilitating Leprosy patients. We began field work in the late nineties. Our formal outreach program began in 2006.
Today our major activities and highlights are as follows:
- Provide a broad range of treatment and physiotherapy at the Missionaries of Charity every Wednesday at Seema Puri, East Delhi.
- Medical examination and treatment on the streets at Lodhi Road environs by organising health camps from our mobile van with a doctor, helper, every Thursday. We also organize a health camp for leprosy patients every Saturday at Majnu Ka Tila, North Delhi.