Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for persons affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities

The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) Partnerships, Advocacy, Research & Training towards Inclusion (PARTI) project organised a training workshop for persons affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities on fabrication of occupational therapy equipment, aimed at providing them better livelihood opportunities, on March 22, in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.

In the first phase of the training programme, Mr Gopi, Orthotic Technician, Jeyam Orthotic Centre, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, trained 15 people who attended the workshop, in making CP chair (used by a person with cerebral palsy), corner seat (used for paediatric rehabilitation), mobility aids, such as crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and standing frame (used by a person who relies on a wheelchair for mobility).

The project will support the trained persons in manufacturing and supplying the equipment to TLMTI’s hospitals, orthopaedic hospitals, District Disability Welfare Office of the Government of Tamil Nadu, and rehabilitation centres where there is a need for occupational therapy equipment.