A. ANTONY SAMY

Organization

ALERT-INDIA (Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment – India)

Vision Statement

None

Project Details

ALERT-INDIA (Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment – India), a registered not-for-profit organization established in 1978, is committed to attain leprosy control besides other health promotion among the poor and marginalized communities in the state of Maharashtra. Since 1981, ALERT-INDIA had provided free medical and rehabilitation services to more than 30,000 people affected by leprosy through its treatment centres managed by the trained paramedical workers and doctors. This has enabled the people affected by leprosy, the most vulnerable section of our society, to lead a productive and dignified life. Since 2005, ALERT-INDIA had launched a ‘Leprosy Elimination Action Programme – LEAP’ to sustain leprosy control activities in 12 rural districts of Maharashtra including 7 tribal districts of Vidarbha region by involving all prospective stakeholders. LEAP is being implemented by a team of trained health workers in these 7 backward districts of Vidarbha region that are known to be highly prevalent for leprosy in Maharashtra.

Focus area of project

Healthcare

Stage of your work in poverty eradication

Interested in creating social impact; no specific ideas yet

Aims to eradicating poverty

None

Current impact of the project

Since 1978, more than 55,000 number of new leprosy cases are detected, treated and cured with modern drugs. Last 12 years, the efforts to sustain leprosy control activities through the public health system in 15 districts of Maharashtra has resulted in increased new case detection leading to gradual reduction in the prevalence of leprosy.

Proposed impact in future

The proposed project plans to work towards achieving the following objectives: 1. To increase access to comprehensive rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities due to leprosy and other causes in selected blocks of Palghar district. 2. To promote active participation of community groups to support advocacy for human rights of persons with disabilities including leprosy in selected blocks of Palghar district. 3. To engage rehabilitation and development agencies for provision of rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities including leprosy in selected blocks of Palghar district. 4. To encourage full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities including leprosy to attain and maintain independence and self reliance in selected blocks of Palghar district.