The Leprosy Mission Hospital Naini
Location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Program Length: Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2020
2018 Fundraising Need: CAD $350,000
Why the Program Exists: Imagine contracting a painful disease called leprosy that results in disfigurement and isolates you from family and friends. Imagine one day, being in so much pain, you cry out to your local hospital for help, only to be turned away. And now you don’t know what to do next.
Nearly 60 percent of all new cases of leprosy in the world are found in India, and northern states such as Uttar Pradesh tend to have the greatest burden due to a high population. That’s why effect:hope funded The Leprosy Mission Hospital Naini (TLM Naini), providing services to patients with leprosy from many parts of Uttar Pradesh and the neighbouring states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. While many with leprosy are refused service from other hospitals because of their physical deformities or lack of financial means, TLM Naini accepts all patients without discrimination.
Did you know?
- TLM Naini has a long history of care. In 1876, Sam Higginbottom, an American Presbyterian missionary started working with leprosy patients at a centre that mainly functioned as a home. The Leprosy Mission began managing the centre in 1906 and has continued serving patients with dignity and excellence ever since.
- The hospital’s facilities include a 150 bed in-patient wing, X-ray, ECG, general and leprosy patient wards, physiotherapy, lab, surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics, gynaecology, occupational therapy and a 40-bed “Snehalaya” (Mercy Home) for patients with severe disabilities.
TLM Naini aims to help people affected with leprosy by:
- Providing the cure and care for leprosy and its complications
- Providing hospice care to elderly patients through the Mercy Home
- Preventing impairment and deformities through protective footwear, disability assessment, eye surgery, reconstructive surgery, physiotherapy, health education, teaching self-care techniques, and ulcer care
- Facilitating full integration in the community through home-based therapy and social programs
- Training health care workers to continually improve their skills and quality of care
- Running “Mother and Child” community clinics in the village once a week to encourage women to be more proactive in accessing their rights.
- Ensuring privacy for female patients with a designated nursing station and restricted male access, separate maternity wards, and outpatient rooms designated for women to be examined by female staff.
- Partnering with the government and other organizations to improve access to health care
- Organizing community awareness campaigns to reduce stigma
TLM Naini conducted the following activities in 2017:
- Diagnosed 2,774 new cases of leprosy
- Received 19,262 visits by patients with leprosy
- Performed 20,811 leprosy consultations
- Provided the cure for leprosy, Multi-drug therapy, to 815 people
- Diagnosed and treated 739 patients who had developed an eye complications from leprosy
- Distributed 2,160 pairs of protective footwear to patients
- Taught 762 people self-care techniques
- Treated 1,217 people with leprosy who had developed an orthopaedic, neurological or developmental disorder
- Performed 712 rehabilitative surgeries
Story from the Field: Former Patient Gives Back
Chandu was only 11 when she developed ulcers on her legs. She was too young to understand that she had leprosy. Her family waited to seek treatment, and unfortunately, Chandu developed a deformity. After arriving at TLM Naini, she learned about the disease, received Multidrug Therapy and reconstructive surgery. After receiving quality care and compassion from the staff, Chandu decided to pursue nursing as a career. During her studies, she was regularly stigmatized. Her roommate felt uncomfortable sharing a room with someone who had leprosy and asked her to leave. The nursing school administration had to move Chandu to a different room. Despite being ostracized from her peers, Chandu persisted in her goal and completed her nursing course. Today, she is 22 years old and helps 38 – 40 patients each day at TLM Naini, the hospital that first inspired her to have hope for the future. “I thank the people who supported TLM Naini because without you, I would have never received treatment and an education. Now, I can stand and be a part of society.”
The Leprosy Mission Trust India