Supporting Persons Affected by Hansen's Disease during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has seen countries take various steps to check the spread of the virus, including social distancing, restrictions on movement and total “lockdowns”. The social, economic and health consequences of these measures are likely to be prolonged.

For persons affected by Hansen’s disease and their families, the impact has been severe: depriving them of their livelihoods and access to health services, and exposing them to the possibility of further stigma and discrimination should they contract the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19.

Sasakawa Health Foundation is committed to providing support that meets the real needs of persons affected by Hansen’s disease and their families in these challenging times, and in a way that contributes to solving the issues they face on a sustainable basis.

Drawing on our experience of supporting and collaborating with organizations of persons affected by Hansen’s disease over many years, we are conduting COVID-19 response projects focusing on the following three activities:

1. Responding to direct needs: Provide relief supplies, share information on measures against COVID-19 and on self-care for Hansen’s disease.
2. Advocacy: Ensure that people have access to existing government assistance and call for additional help.
3. Information dissemination: Communicate details of activities and outcomes via SNS, use this information to help raise funds via crowdfunding.


Our Projects


Bangladesh

People’s Organization: 4 Organization of Self Help Groups
-Bogura Federation
-Sirajgonj Federation
-Pabna Federation
-Natore Federation
Supporting Organization: Lepra Bangladesh
Period: June 1 – July 31, 2020

     

 

 

Self Help Group leaders’ workshop 


Indonesia

People’s Organization: PerMaTa South Sulawesi
Supporting Organization: Yayasan Dedikasi Tjipta Indonesia

Period: May 15 – August 15, 2020

       

 

 

 

Members visit beneficiaries’ homes to deliver relief supplies


Nepal

People’s Organization: 4 Organizations of Self Help Groups
-Dhanusha (province 2)
-Mahotari (province 2)
-Sarlahi (province 2)
-Sindhuli (province 3)
Supporting Organization: NLT Lalgadh Hospital and Servcie Center

Period: June 10 – August 31, 2020

   

Practicing the proper way to wash hands 

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