Stories of differently-abled persons breaking barriers living life to the fullest is like a breath of fresh air. They rise above the odds and societal mindsets to make their mark.
One such person is Kumari Chouhan from Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, a girl with a left-leg disability. Her father, Gouri Shankar Chouhan is a daily wage labourer and it was beyond his means to take care of the needs of his wife and four children.
In the early 1990s, a dream was born in The Leprosy Mission Trust India – to do frontline research to find answers to the questions relating to leprosy which remains unanswered and poses barriers to eradication of the disease. And this dream saw its realisation when Stanley Browne Research Laboratory (SBL) was founded in 1994.
This year, SBL completed 25 years, and to commemorate the occasion, the Lab organised a one-day research symposium, ‘SBL: Frontline Research on Leprosy Elimination’, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on May 10. The symposium was organised with the purpose of bringing attention to the urgent need for leprosy research.
The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) College on Wheels project conducted an awareness programme on leprosy, gender and human rights in Kacholi village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on April 10. Over 190 people took part in the programme.
April 11 was yet another day when a TLMTI (The Leprosy Mission Trust India) staff made history! Dr Manotosh Elkana (MBBS, MS – Gen. Surgery), reconstructive surgery specialist and the medical superintendent of TLM Chandkhuri Hospital in Chhattisgarh received the prestigious HEALERS OF INDIA AWARD Season 2, presented by Apollo Hospitals, in collaboration with Network 18 (one of the largest media conglomerates with diversified but synergistic interests in Television with its bouquet of 50 channels in India and 13 international channels), in a function organised in New Delhi, on April 11.
It was the school annual gathering. When the Class 6 student recited Multiplication Table 1-40 on the podium in front of a packed audience, it was so quiet one could hear a pin drop. But what followed was something the small boy couldn’t understand – thunderous applause followed him while he slowly walked to his seat!