The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) developed its Country Strategy 2016-18, building on the learning from implementing its Country Strategy 2011-15. During the current country strategy, TLMTI is working towards creating a transformed, inclusive society that has overcome leprosy, where people affected by the disease can live with dignity.
The six priorities of the country strategy are:
- Changed Societal Mindsets: Society and communities have changed mindsets about leprosy and people affected by leprosy. They accept people affected by leprosy as equals and advocate for accessing their fundamental and human rights.
- Leprosy Detected and Cured: Leprosy is detected early and patients receive proper treatment in time. They stay free from disability, and those disabled are rehabilitated.
- Favourable Policy Environment: Policymakers:
- Formulate/change policies at national and state levels, favourable to people affected by leprosy.
- Make sure practices are inclusive of people affected by leprosy.
- Responsive Duty Bearers: Duty bearers/service providers (various ministries and government departments) are responsive to the issues and needs of people affected by leprosy and take affirmative action for guaranteeing their rights.
- Empowered Affected Communities: People affected by leprosy are free from fear and stigma and come forward for prompt treatment. They are empowered, mobilise themselves and claim their rights and entitlements through collective advocacy.
- Organisational Effectiveness: TLMTI recognises, adapts and responds to the changing internal and external environment through developing relevant programmatic, financial and organisational strengths. This will help the organisation to sustain and implement its programmes so that healing, inclusion, and dignity become a reality in the lives of people affected by leprosy and people from other marginalised communities.