Many people find it difficult to start livelihood initiatives just because they do not have enough land to start a new business or expand their existing one.
Understanding the predicament of many such persons, The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s IHDID project, a community development project working for inclusive, holistic development of persons with disabilities, based in Kothara, Maharashtra, developed an innovative solution. It developed a livelihood model with five types of activities that can be done on a 20 feet X 20 feet plot of land.
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 University of Chicago Medicine; Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence; and Medical Humanities Group, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi – a US-India collaboration (http://bit.ly/2PIbH0Z) – jointly organised a Focus Group Discussion (FGD), with the theme, ‘No one left behind’, with disability rights activists, doctors with disabilities, and health profession educators, as part of its agenda, Disability-Inclusive Compassionate Care: Core Competencies on Disability for Health Professions Education, at the University of Chicago Center in New Delhi, on November 21.
Various hospitals, vocational training centres, and community empowerment projects of The Leprosy Mission Trust India celebrated Children’s Day on November 14, in a big way. Here’s a glimpse of the celebration by IHDID (Inclusive Holistic Development of Individuals with Disabilities) project, based in Kothara, Maharashtra.
The Government of India had declared in 2005 that leprosy had been eliminated as a public health problem in India. Ever since, leprosy has become less of a priority for the Government of India. Allocation of government funds dwindled, private funding dried up and training in leprosy for government health workers became dysfunctional. Grievously enough, since then the incidence of leprosy started growing in the country with over 130,000 new cases being detected every year.