• 52% of Nepalese are food insecure and may not have access to food year round
  • Over 500,000 people in Nepal have disabilities, including those who attained disabilities due to neglected tropical diseases
  • People in rural areas can travel more than 2 hours on average to reach a healthcare facility
  • 3,215 people were diagnosed with leprosy in 2017, of which 220 were children
  • Only 28% of people were knowledgeable about the transmission of lymphatic filariasis
  • Half of the healthcare expenditure in Nepal was out-of-pocket from patients

There are many people struggling with disabilities across Nepal and some have leprosy or lymphatic filariasis (LF), diseases that often cause people to feel ashamed. Most are unlikely to seek help for fear of stigma. However, waiting too long to seek help leads to permanent disability and economic insecurity. Treatment is more than just a medical issue.

Self-Help Groups are effective at helping people with leprosy and LF find confidence again. The support from the group encourages affected individuals to use self-care techniques to manage or prevent further disabilities. The group format also establishes a strong support system based on mutual understanding to help each member save money, access social support and participate socially in their community. The holistic support of people with leprosy and LF improves their quality of life and well-being.

Here's how you can help the people of Nepal:

Self-Care Supplies $25

You may have seen photos of a patient soaking their feet in a colourful plastic bowl. This is essential to protect the feet from ongoing ulcers. In addition to the bowl, patients will receive soap, salve, a wash cloth and training on proper care. 

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Stop the Stigma $50

Life-long disability leads to intense poverty, stigma and lack of opportunity. We can stop the stigma by training community workers to teach people the truth about leprosy, LF and other preventable diseases. Your gift also provides the materials needed to engage children and their parents in understanding the signs of leprosy. Plus, your support will train a healthcare worker to recognize the early signs of leprosy, preventing the disabilities associated with late diagnosis. 


Cure Someone for $33 a month

An early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma, health workers, community members and government workers are trained for early detection, proper treatment, and stigma reduction. Leprosy awareness education sessions and workshops are also held for the public. For those who already have leprosy-related disabilities, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

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