“The INF staff touched me and cleaned my wounds… I was overwhelmed by INF’s love and care. I had never experienced anything like it.” Neelu
Since its inception in 1952, INF has been working to eradicate leprosy and rehabilitate those affected by the disease.
Due to a gradual decrease in reported cases of leprosy, in 2010 the Nepal Ministry of Health announced that leprosy had been eliminated. This means that for every 10,000 people in Nepal, there is less than one affected by leprosy. The Nepal Government also formally recognised INF’s significant contributions towards combating leprosy.
Leprosy is a disease, however, that predominantly affects the poorest and most vulnerable. Unfortunately, for that population in Nepal, leprosy continues to be a significant issue.
INF’s work in leprosy therefore continues, supporting those still being diagnosed each year, of which 37 year-old Man-Bahadur was one:
“It was not easy for me to accept that I had leprosy. I was worried because if my family or community heard, they might shun me and I would be alone.”
With INF’s intervention and treatment, Man-Bahadur has reclaimed his life.
“My wounds are almost healed. I am very grateful to the doctors and all health care providers for their constant care and support”.
One day, leprosy in Nepal will be totally eradicated. Until that day, INF will continue to be at the forefront of fighting this disease through treatment, rehabilitation and advocacy for those affected..
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- 3,223 – number of reported cases of leprosy in 2013-14
- The prevalence of leprosy in Nepal is two and a half times higher than the global average
- 6,145 – number of clients treated and examined by INF leprosy centres in 2013-14
- 1,611 – number of footwear and assistive devices given to INF patients in 2013-14
- 647 – Number of Medical professionals trained by INF to treat leprosy in 2013-14