Disability & Inclusion
Since our inception in 1966, we have strived to serve those suffering from leprosy-induced physical disability. This crippling disease causes clawing of fingers and toes, eye complications, wrist, and foot drop, disabling the patients in carrying out day-to-day tasks. We provide support in medical care such as physiotherapy, splints, and reconstructive surgeries besides socio-economic rehabilitation.
While we have always been working for leprosy-induced disability, we have extended our services to disability of any kind since 2012, after an intensive need and capacity assessment. Disability makes people suffer not just physically, but also mentally and socio-economically, making it difficult for the disabled to lead a life of dignity.
As per WHO report 2013, about 15% world population are having some form of disabilities and India’s disability statistics report 2016 reveals, around 26.8 million persons are ‘disabled’ in India which is 2.21% of the total population with 56% male and 44% female. Our Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach works on this barrier, ensuring their successful reintegration and social inclusion into the society. Our empowerment model through the collective efforts of people with disabilities, their families, communities, government, and non-government stakeholders with access to appropriate health, education, livelihood and social services, and this rehabilitation approach uses simple methods and techniques that are acceptable, affordable, and effective to the local setting.
This is facilitated through our own funds as well the co-finance support of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ [German Government] and the European Union.
Till date, we have extended socio-economic rehabilitation support to 315750 people affected by leprosy and disability.