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India accounts for about 50% of the new leprosy cases found worldwide. In NLR project area 27,621 new cases were detected between April 2014 and March 2015 compared to 1,25,785 cases detected in the whole country, which depicts that the project area supported by NLR are detecting approximately 22 % of the total cases detected in the country.

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Our support

NLR started its support in India in the year 1993 through an ILEP agency in the state of Bihar. This support was extended to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the year 1998, to Delhi in the year 1999, to Jharkhand in the year 2000, to West Bengal in the year 2001 and Rajasthan in the year 2014. NLR opened its branch in India in the year 2000. By now, NLR is supporting the National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP) of the government of India, at national, state & district level, in 120 districts of 7 states in the north of India.


NLRs so-​called ‘Leprosy Program Advisors’ (LPAs) provide technical support to the government’s staff, mainly to strengthen the quality of services with improvements in planning, monitoring and supervision. NLR is also contributing in improving clinical skills by conducting training courses and providing on-​the-​job coaching, training, advice and guidance, as well as by participating in various review meetings with other stakeholders.

NLR also facilitates support by various ‘Community Based Rehabilitation coordinators’ (CBR coordinators) who are providing technical assistance to district government staff in promoting self-​care in leprosy colonies and villages. These CBR coordinators are also facilitating vocational training, education & social economic rehabilitation of persons affected and their dependents.

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Project description

Project 1: Strengthening the government system to control leprosy Under this support, country director and other senior staff are providing technical support to the national level ministry of health while at state level, experienced medical doctors designated as ‘Leprosy Program Advisors’ (LPAs) are providing assistance to the government’s health staff for improving their skills in areas of management of leprosy, prevention of disability, planning monitoring and supervision, by conducting training courses and providing on-​the-​job coaching, advice and guidance, as well as by participating in meetings and workshops.
Project 2: Medical Rehabilitation of persons affected by leprosy and other disabling diseases NLR actively promotes self-​care in leprosy colonies and villages, to help persons affected to take care of their disabilities. Since the beginning of this project in 2008, 397 self-​care groups have been formed in 144 colonies, benefitting 3,276 persons affected by leprosy. In addition 5,353 persons living in scattered villages have been trained, through 149 camps at Primary Health Center (PHC). In this project NLR is also starting with inclusive self-​care for persons with Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), diabetes and leprosy.
Project 3: Socio-​economic rehabilitation of persons affected by leprosy and their dependents. NLR provides tailor-​made education support to over 1,450 children of people affected by leprosy. Older children are supported for job oriented technical courses, short duration job oriented vocational training courses or other professional courses.
Project 4: Strengthening the Voice and the Entrepreneurial Capabilities of Persons with Disabilities through empowering DPOs NLR has started support to Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) to strengthen their structure and functioning. Through various forms of assistance and guidance, in for instance office management, these organizations can lobby and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. Persons affected by leprosy are empowered to join the DPOs.
Project 5: LPEP The Leprosy Post-​Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP) Project i.e. administration of a single dose of rifampicin (SDR) to the contacts of leprosy patients was launched in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India in March 2015. By December 2015, 13,523 contacts of 686 leprosy cases were listed. Out of 12,540 eligible contacts, 12,476 (99.5%) accepted SDR. There was no untoward effect or complication in any person given SDR.


Office information

Country Director:

Dr. Mohammad Aleem Arif

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Contact information:

B-​4/​57, First Floor
Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi – 110 029
Phone: +9111-​26711215 /​16
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