Life in a coastal leprosy village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Health, sanitation and nutrition are very poor among the community and lack of awareness about the disease and superstitious beliefs mean a high degree of stigma is associated with leprosy.
The Leprosy Mission hopes to reduce discrimination by encouraging awareness campaigns and educating through drama and dance; training in social issues and livelihood development activities.  There will be mobile health clinics providing advice and treatment and patients will be referred to government hospitals for additional treatment where necessary.  Health workers will treat and monitor families affected by leprosy.  Bespoke protective footwear and reconstructive hand surgery will also be provided.  Children will have access to education, scholarships and materials and young people will have vocational training.  As well as these things people affected by leprosy will be trained in self-help and volunteers and community leaders in business administration and management.

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