March 16 was a day of rejoicing for hundreds of patients who visit TLM Chandkhuri Hospital in Chhattisgarh every day.
The hospital is situated 1 ½ km away from the bus stand on the newly opened National Highway 130 and the patients had to walk all the way to the hospital, as there was no other means of transport. Trekking on the dirt track was so cumbersome – especially for people affected by leprosy with disabilities – that many patients stopped visiting the hospital altogether.
The Community Intervention Unit (CIU) of TLM Shahdara Hospital, in New Delhi organised a need assessment camp for elderly persons affected by leprosy in Kasturba Gram Kusth Ashram, Tahirpur, New Delhi, on April 18.
The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) Naini Hospital, in Uttar Pradesh, along with TLMTI’s CREATE project organised a blood donation camp on April 14 at the hospital. Students of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Rotary Club, and Evangelical Union students, Allahabad, took part in the camp. The camp was organised to collect blood for free supply to leprosy patients undergoing treatment at the hospital.
The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) PARTI project conducted a workshop on rehabilitation in leprosy, for Non-Medical Supervisors (NMS) of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of the Government of India, in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, on April 4.