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ALERT-INDIA, founded in 1978, is committed to improve the health and social status of people affected by leprosy and other communicable diseases with special focus on vulnerable groups such as tribal, women, children and disabled through people-centered disease control programs and community initiatives.
STORIES OF CHANGE
FACTS ABOUT LEPROSY – that everyone should know!
Leprosy is one of the least communicable diseases and does not spread by touch or blood. Leprosy is completely curable at any stage, if detected timely and treated promptly. Modern treatments for leprosy are available free of cost at all public health centres. Disabilities due to leprosy can be easily prevented by awareness and self care practice.
Care beyond treatment helps change lives
17 year old Nikita from a Bhil tribe is part of a five-member family that earns a livelihood providing farm labour. Earlier a lively girl, she chose to remain secluded from her friends; social and family gatherings when she developed claw fingers due to leprosy. Her parents were saddened that matrimonial proposals were rejected due to her disability. Health coordinator visits, assessment, counselling towards reconstructive surgery…