Nepal: Self-Help Group Strengthening
Out of the approximate 4 million people with disabilities in Nepal, the most marginalized group is people with disabilities as a result of leprosy and Lymphatic Filariasis (LF). Communities have an entrenched stigma against the two diseases. People affected by leprosy often feel ashamed of their disease and are less likely to seek help. The awareness for LF is still fairly low in communities.
Treatment is more than just a medical issue.
In the past, self-help groups (SHG) were found to be effective at helping people with leprosy find confidence again. They encourage affected people to use self-care to manage or prevent further disabilities. The group format also helps establish a strong support system based on mutual understanding.
Self-care is incredibly important in both leprosy and Lymphatic Filariasis (LF). This project will target people affected by either disease in endemic regions to improve their health and well-being.
- Identify new cases of leprosy/LF and provide necessary treatment and surgery
- Establish SHGs in communities and give training on self-care techniques
- Train health workers and SHG facilitators to provide continued support for SHG members