For the last 146 years, three Ps have defined the existence of The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) – people, purpose, and passion. People give purpose, purpose unites and guides, and passion guides! With this theme, we are pleased to present to you The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s Annual Report for 2019, which reflects the progress we’ve made.
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.
Merriam-Webster, America’s foremost publisher of language-related reference works and the award-winning Merriam-Webster.com dictionary site has selected ‘Justice’ as this year’s word of the year. Its website says, “Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017. The concept of justice was at the centre of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice. For many reasons and for many meanings, one thing’s for sure: justice has been on the minds of many people in 2018.”
The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI), over the last few years, developed over 240 Champions (persons affected by leprosy) who have overcome the challenges of leprosy to champion the cause of people affected by leprosy, from across the country. TLMTI, through its CREATE project, organised a 2-day national meet of the Champions in New Delhi, from November 27-28, 2018.