Community Health Systems Strengthening
Location: Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
2018 Fundraising Need: $38,500
In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many villages are endemic for leprosy.
Because of limited awareness about leprosy, many cases are found too late, leaving affected individuals with disabilities.
With a heavy reliance on agricultural activities for survival, families affected by leprosy suffer from extreme poverty, often because of leprosy-associated disabilities that restrict farming activities. Their children are often not enrolled in school, leaving very few choices for their futures.
Misconceptions about leprosy in these communities lead to those living with the disease to be excluded by others. There is a great need in the area to create an inclusive environment by educating health workers and community members about leprosy.
Why the Program Exists:
The program aims to reduce the burden of leprosy in endemic health zones and improve the quality of life of those affected by leprosy.
This program also aims to increase the knowledge of leprosy in the area to reduce the disability rate and stigma surrounding the disease.
You can provide hope and care for the forgotten in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Your support will go towards:
- Early detection and treatment of leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases
- Establishing income generating activities.
- Protective and assistive devices (e.g. prosthetics, shoes).
- Leprosy management training and awareness programs.
- Materials for leprosy self-care.
- Health education on leprosy for health workers and family members of patients.
- Providing locally-made assistive and protective devices
- More cases of leprosy found early before the onset of nerve damage.
- More individuals affected by leprosy living productive and healthy lives.
- More health workers and community members able to recognize early symptoms of leprosy.
- More individuals with leprosy are involved in their community
Your gift will enable individuals with leprosy and other diseases to access the care they need to restore their health and well-being.