In 2019, we have committed to help in India, Congo and Ethiopia
80% of the world's leprosy patients live in India. The huge country still has a leprosy prevalence rate of over 2 per thousand. No amount of help is enough to alleviate the unimaginable underdevelopment, poverty and its consequences due to the caste system! For this reason, all leprosy organisations, but also all charitable sectors in general, have an 'automatic' presence in India.
In 2019, in addition to the operating grant, we have committed and completed 300 eye surgeries at the leprosy hospital in Calcutta, thanks to the commitment of our supporters!
The other new scene of our assistance was the vast country of Africa. The vast territory of the Congo (23 times the size of our country!) is home to a large number of scattered and hidden leprosy patients, many of them children. We are undertaking the complex and beautiful task of screening, treating and rehabilitating them in our project, together with other supporting countries (Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium and France).
Our commitment for 2019 was:
- In five states in the Congo, to participate in the expansion of screening by providing financial support,
- participation in disability prevention activities by providing financial support,
- financing various surgical interventions.
Since even some health workers in the vast country do not recognise leprosy or know the treatment process, the Ethiopian Leprosy Society is providing 50 health workers with professional training on leprosy and all its aspects. The Hungarian support we are mediating provides the financial backing for this. We hope that with the knowledge and skills gained during the training, health workers will be able to find and help leprosy patients scattered over vast areas even more effectively and as soon as possible!