Promise Nepal supports and works closely with Anandaban Leprosy Hospital, the largest leprosy hospital in Nepal. Our association with the hospital began with the funding of a specialised wound care course, which focused on the techniques required to care for wounds specific to leprosy affected people. Today, we support the hospital in many ways.
Promise Nepal has contributed 50% of the cost towards the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle; supplied an operating theatre table and specialised surgical equipment for reconstructive surgery; and funded the extension to the physiotherapy room which now helps accommodate more than 1000 patients a year.
From October 2012, Promise Nepal has funded the monthly satellite clinics in two highly endemic districts of Nepal at the special request of the Leprosy Control Division of the Government of Nepal. The primary objective of this clinic is to find new cases of leprosy and help in the management of complications due to the disease. Anadaban’s medical team train local medical professionals how to diagnose and treat leprosy. The clinics are held every 28 days (13 clinics annually) attracting patients even from neighboring districts.
The satellite clinic is staffed by two doctors, one physiotherapist, one lab technician, one pharmacist, one orthosis uprosthesist, one medical records officer, one para-medic worker, one helper and one driver. The clinic has so far reached out to more than 2.6 million people (2010 data).
The Bombay Leprosy Project (BLP)
The BLP was established in 1976 to improve the quality of life of leprosy patients entirely through public donations. Since then, the BLP has worked relentlessly to assist the Indian government’s National Leprosy Eradication Programme, and to implement the policies of this health scheme. They work directly out in the community, rather than remaining hospital-based, for the diagnosis and treatment of leprosy. The advantage of this successful approach being that leprosy patients continue to live with their family members rather than being isolated and ostracised by their community.
Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre (LLSC)
LLSC delivers services and support to people affected by leprosy, and the wider community. Through its Stigma Elimination Programme (STEP), the centre provides medical care, capacity building and community awareness activities in the surrounding vicinity to help fight the stigma associated with leprosy. Promise Nepal has supported LLSC through grants and sponsorships. We sponsored Dr. Sammut, a UK hand surgeon, on his initial visit to Lalgadh and established their ongoing relationship.
Rehabilitation, Empowerment and Development (READ) Nepal
READ Nepal is a non-governmental non-profit organisation, established in 2005 by Mr. Raj Kumar Shah and individuals affected by leprosy. Its mission is to create a stigma-free society for leprosy and physically or mentally impaired people to ensure equal opportunities for them. Promise Nepal has supported READ Nepal by purchasing an adapted scooter to provide Raj Kumar Shah the ability to move around independently, enabling him to continue his work with leprosy affected people. We continue to support READ Nepal by sponsoring its participation in international conventions and workshops on leprosy and rehabilitation. Particularly, we support the annual World Leprosy Day program which campaigns to raise awareness of leprosy by organising workshops, media campaigns, an exhibition at the Kathmandu Exhibition Ground and a scooter rally around the city to distributing pamphlets and posters.