PARTI Project

Partnerships, Advocacy, Research and Training towards Inclusion

The problem

People affected by leprosy/disability are often not able to meet their financial needs, due to their poor economic conditions. There is a shortage of livelihood opportunities, and they often have to depend on others to meet their daily needs. They are disadvantaged in terms of education, literacy and skills, and therefore are not able to earn regular income. For children with disability, the schools in the villages are not disabled-friendly. The health services provided by the government and others are difficult to access, and hence, the economically backward sections of the society find it difficult to access them.  Leprosy services are often neglected by the healthcare providers.

How the project aims to address these problems

The Leprosy Mission Trust India started a community development project, named Partnerships, Advocacy, Research and Training towards Inclusion (PARTI) project, in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. The project facilitates formation of village-level and block-level disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and capacitates them so that they can advocate for their rights and engage with government and civil society. The project also builds their skills for accessing livelihood opportunities. The project sensitises duty bearers to the rights of people affected by leprosy/disability so that they can respect, protect and fulfil these rights.

Project implementation area


Project period

January 2014 to December 2018

Key achievements

  • 2,839 people with disabilities underwent disability management
  • 4,394 disability management services delivered
  • 2,181 right holders trained on rights and entitlements
  • 506 duty bearers (Anganwadi workers, nurses, medical officers, PRI members) sensitised to leprosy and disability rights
  • 975 members accessed resources from government
  • 2 community level-therapy unit established
  • 1 MCR footwear production unit developed and being managed by disabled people’s organisation (DPO) 


Key project staff: Mr G. Manivannan, Programme Manager