Persons affected by leprosy take care of their feet to prevent infections

Seeking integration with other disease programmes

Under our Priority Programme we will use the experience we have with leprosy to combine with other prevention of disability programmes, as we are already doing in Mozambique. We assist people living with the effects of leprosy and lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Crutches for woman affected by leprosy
Munatiquina received a pair of crutches
Wounds due to leprosy complications
Members of the self-care group learn how to treat their wounds
A woman with lymphatic filariasis in Mozambique
Belinha is affected by lymphatic filariasis and joined our combined self-care group

Providing treatment and disability services

We do this by providing them with prevention of disability services through combined self-care groups, assistive devices, and facilitating access to hydrocele surgery for persons affected by lymphatic filariasis and reconstructive surgery for leprosy. It reduces their discomfort and physical burden, which often causes stigma and restricts people’s livelihood opportunities, and promotes mental wellbeing and social participating.