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Name: Sheldon Rankin

Position: CEO

Email: hello@leprosymission.org.au

Website: www.leprosymission.org.au

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Our Mission / Objective

The Leprosy Mission was founded in 1874 by Wellesley and Alice Bailey, and their friends the Pim sisters to provide holistic support to people affected by leprosy. After more than 140 years, The Leprosy Mission is still committed to this central work. It is the largest and oldest leprosy-focussed organisation in the world.

You can download our Welcome brochure or learn more about our work by seeing Leprosy and Your Impact 

Our Vision

Leprosy defeated, lives transformed.

Our Mission

Following Jesus Christ, The Leprosy Mission strives to break the chains of leprosy, empowering people to attain healing, dignity, and life in all its fullness.

Our Values

Because we follow Jesus Christ, we value compassion, justice, integrity, inclusion and humility.

Our Logo

The design represents Jesus and the man with leprosy who knelt at Jesus’ feet asking to be healed – and Jesus healed him (see The Bible – Mark 1:40-42). It deeply expresses the heart’s desire of The Leprosy Mission’s Founder, Wellesley Bailey, who wrote “I felt if ever there was a Christ-like work in this world it was to go among these poor sufferers and bring to them the consolation of the Gospel”.

 

Projects in Progress

INDIA: KOTHARA AND SALUR HOSPITALS

These hospitals provide much needed medical care to people affected by leprosy including Multi-Drug Therapy, reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and ulcer care. They also provide general medical services to local communities. Your support has enabled these hospitals to treat 51,000 people for leprosy and general health conditions over the last year.

In the last year, the hospitals saw:

• 134 people received reconstructive surgery for leprosy impairments across both hospitals.

• 232 new cases of leprosy diagnosed.

• 325 appropriate footwear, orthotic aids and prostheses provided to people affected by leprosy to improve mobility and function across both hospitals.

• 4,143 people affected by leprosy received physiotherapy services in the Philadelphia Leprosy Hospital Salur.

INDIA: VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE PROJECT

Vocational training centres teach a wide variety of technical skills for people affected by leprosy and general disability. This means that they can obtain employment and independently support their families.

This training includes cutting and sewing, diesel mechanics, dressmaking, electrician, motor vehicle mechanics, animal husbandry.

The Leprosy Mission Australia is supporting the Vadathorasalur Vocational Centre in India which is situated on the grounds of The Leprosy Mission’s Vadathorasalur Hospital.

Over the next five years, the project aims to ensure healing, dignity and inclusion for a minimum of 670 young people affected by leprosy and disability and 200 underprivileged girls and women.

INDIA: THE PARTNERSHIPS, ADVOCACY, RESEARCH AND TRAINING TOWARDS INCLUSION (PARTI) PROJECT

The aim of this project is to empower people with disabilities in India to be able to claim their rights in terms of employment, education, health care and community participation.

This project started in January 2014, building on lessons learned in the Disability Rights Project (previously supported by The Leprosy Mission Australia). Some of the project’s achievements in the last year include:

• 220 health care workers trained in the detection and treatment of leprosy.

• 539 people with disabilities were facilitated to access government assistance.

• 382 people participated in disability rights and advocacy training.

The project works at a village level to establish groups of people with disabilities and then assists these groups in advocating for their rights.

In this way, the project has benefitted 3,638 people with disabilities in targeted communities.

The project has also worked to establish two Disability Information Centres – so that people with disabilities are able to seek advice about their rights and the services available to them.

NEPAL: EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Education Program helps children affected by leprosy or disability attend school. Without this support, these children would miss out on an education. Getting children to school is difficult for families in poverty. This program provides these students with access to the uniforms, books and food necessary to obtain an education.

Through your Nepal Education Program in 2017, you provided the necessary resources to ensure 184 disadvantaged children’s lives were transformed for approximately 7,933 rupees / AUD $102 per child.

Navitas Supported by Navitas
The Education Program is supported by a grant from Navitas, a leading global education provider. Thanks to Navitas, this project is able to provide 150 scholarships each year to help children and young adults affected by leprosy obtain an education.

NEPAL: ANANDABAN HOSPITAL SELF-CARE UNIT

The Self Care Unit at The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital provides Self Care education to people affected by leprosy in Nepal.  It is essential for people with leprosy-related sensory loss and muscle weakness to learn how to prevent injury and care for their wounds. The Self Care Unit provides practical training to do this. Your support of this project prevents the development of further injury or disability.

Through your support of the Nepal Self Care Unit in 2017, 406 people affected by leprosy were provided with self-care training, enabling them to comfortably manage their symptoms and prevent further disability at a cost of approximately 1037 rupees / AUD $13 per person.

NEPAL: PARTICIPATORY ACTION FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (PACED) PROJECT

The PACED CHAMP project helps improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability. It provides self-care training and assistive devices to people affected by leprosy. It also provides community awareness events to educate communities on domestic and gender violence issues. This project runs across three districts: Chitwan, Makwanpur and Parsa. The Leprosy Mission Nepal implements this project.

IMPACT STATEMENTS/ SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

In its third year of a five-year cycle, the following successes have been achieved:

• Health and hygiene training provided to 801 project participants.

• 48 people were provided with assistive devices (such as walking frames and wheelchairs).

• 90 people were provided with micro-credit training to assist in the development of their own business.

• 64 people received prevention of disability training.

Through your support of the PACED CHAMP project in 2017, 64 Self Help Groups with 801 members were empowered to become leaders within their community through leadership management training at a cost of 35,261 rupees/ AUD $451 per group.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The PACED CHAMP project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Nepal.

NEPAL: RECLAIM EASTERN DEVELOPMENT REGION PROJECT

The RECLAIM EDR Project II works in the Eastern region of Nepal. It empowers people affected by leprosy and disability to be agents of development. This helps them lead healthy and dignified lives, and improve the services available to their communities.  The project is implemented by Nepal Leprosy Fellowship.

The RECLAIM EDR Project II began in July 2017, but the previous RECLAIM EDR Project completed its five year cycle June 30, and achieved the following key successes in the last year:

• Improved functional ability for 337 SHG members through the provision of assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs, crutches) and increased prevention of disability (e.g. though protective shoes).

• 131 members of SHGs have undertaken income generation activities through savings schemes.

• Disability rights advocacy training provided to 405 SHG members.

• 484 people received prevention of disability training.

IMPACT STATEMENTS/ SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to your support of the RECLAIM EDR project in 2017:

• 47 communities were provided with accessible bathroom facilities at a cost of 55,679 rupees/ AUD $712 per community, ensuring safety and dignity for people with disabilities.

• 1,117 people participated in a variety of classes (including literacy and microfinance training) at a cost of 1,900 rupees/ AUD $24 per person.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The RECLAIM EDR Project II is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Nepal.

NIGERIA: INTEGRATED NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASE AND DISABILITY PROJECT

The Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease and Disability Project provides communities in the Zamfara State with quality health services and an increased inclusion of people with disabilities. In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, this project has increased access to treatment for leprosy and lymphatic filariasis, as well as disability management and prevention services. Your support of this project has also provided assistive devices to people with disabilities and trained new health workers.

The Integrated NTD and Disability Project commenced in July 2014.  Now in its third year, some recent achievements over the past 12 months include:

• 500 people participated in prevention of disability training

• 296 new leprosy cases detected

• Campaigns conducted across schools and communities to educate people on water, hygiene and sanitation practices reached over 4,000 people

• 173 people were assessed and provided with assistive devices (such as walking frames and wheelchairs).

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Integrated NTD and Disability Project is supported by the Australian Government through theAustralian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Nigeria.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT (SLD) PROJECT

This new project will focus on the development of agricultural and sustainable livelihoods initiatives for people in 50 communities affected by leprosy and disability across Papua New Guinea.

The Leprosy Mission Papua New Guinea has successfully secured five years of institutional funding from the New Zealand government (MFAT) for a replacement project called the Sustainable Livelihoods Development (SLD) project which commenced in 2017. The Leprosy Mission Australia is supporting this project which has more of a community development focus, training local communities affected by leprosy on income generating activities as well improved health awareness and practices regarding the disease.

In December 2015, the previous phase project completed its third and final year but was permitted an extension of government funding throughout 2016/2017 to finalise activities. This project aimed to address the medical and social consequences of leprosy and thus reduce the leprosy burden in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The project also worked to provide opportunities for people affected by leprosy to gain paid employment and help communities to recognise the rights of people affected by leprosy so they can participate in their communities.

Some key achievements of the project in its final months included:

• 464 new leprosy cases diagnosed.

• 389 health workers training in leprosy diagnosis and management.

• 11,105 people reached with health promotion (including leprosy awareness) activities.

IMPACT STATEMENT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

In 2017, in cost approximately AUD$3.62 per person to ensure 11,105 community members from high leprosy-prevalence provinces were reached with health promotion activities, to ensure greater public awareness that leprosy is curable.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN COMMUNITY BASED LEPROSY CONTROL PROJECT

This part of the McKean projects, began in July 2017, continues to provide healthcare and disability services to marginalised and disadvantaged people in Thailand.  In partnership with government health workers, project staff find and treat new cases of leprosy.  This strengthens health services in the northern and western border-regions of Thailand.

People affected by leprosy (including non-Thai citizens) receive quality, timely treatment and management of leprosy complications in the community.

McKean projects in the last financial year had the following successes:

• 234 people with leprosy and/ or disability participated in prevention of disability training.

• 26 new leprosy patients identified and treated.

• 380 medical workers trained in leprosy diagnosis and management.

YOUR IMPACT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to you, refugees affected by leprosy and other disabilities were assisted to travel to Chiang Mai, where they were able to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, McKean arranged for Thai language classes, counselling services, housing, and community groups for refugees to share their experiences and make friends. Not only have the patients displayed incredible physical improvement, but they have also been able to settle in and establish a new life for themselves in Thailand thanks to McKean’s help. Your support of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre in 2017 enabled 129 refugees affected by leprosy or disability to be identified through case finding and receive rehabilitation services at a cost of 3,547 baht / AUD $138 per person.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN ELDERLY LEPROSY RESIDENTIAL CARE PROJECT

his phase of the project began in July 2017 and provides elderly disabled leprosy patients with quality, holistic residential care support in northern and western border regions of Thailand.

Due to past experiences of stigma, social rejection and dislocation from families, elderly people affected by leprosy can lack a social support network.  Because of ongoing, and often worsening disability, elderly people affected by leprosy experience increasing immobility, dependency and lessening quality of life.

Social exclusion, limited education and limited mobility,  can cause a lack awareness for these people their rights to access government benefits (e.g. disability pensions).

This project aims to provide housing and strengthen leprosy and disability services for these elderly people in northern and western border regions of Thailand.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN HOSPITAL BASED LEPROSY CONTROL PROJECT

This specific project, begun in July 2017, continues to provide healthcare and disability services to marginalised and disadvantaged people in Thailand.  This strengthens health services in the northern and western border-regions. Your support also provides assistive devices and vocational training to people affected by leprosy and/or disability.

In the previous financial year, the McKean projects had the following successes:

• 40 people with disabilities were provided with assistive devices to support increased function and independence.

• 380 medical workers trained in leprosy diagnosis and management.

YOUR IMPACT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to you, refugees affected by leprosy and other disabilities were assisted to travel to Chiang Mai, where they were able to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, McKean arranged for Thai language classes, counselling services, housing, and community groups for refugees to share their experiences and make friends. Not only have the patients displayed incredible physical improvement, but they have also been able to settle in and establish a new life for themselves in Thailand thanks to McKean’s help. Your support of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre in 2017 enabled 129 refugees affected by leprosy or disability to be identified through case finding and receive rehabilitation services at a cost of 3,547 baht / AUD $138 per person.

TIMOR LESTE: BETTER HEALTH FOR COMMUNITIES PROJECT

The Better Health project is working to eliminate leprosy in high endemic districts. It focuses its efforts on three key provinces: Dili and Baucau in the north and Oecusse an enclave in Indonesia to the west. The project works to detect leprosy in its early stages in order to halt the onset of disability and stop its spread.

Some key successes of the project in the last year:

• Community level screening activities resulted in 124 new cases of leprosy being diagnosed and treated

• 1,943 community advocates trained and mobilized to support local leprosy activities such as awareness raising, as well as referring suspected cases of leprosy to ensure early treatment

• There are now 14 Self Care Groups with 115 members who assist each other in addressing early signs and prevention of disability.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Better Health Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

TIMOR LESTE: COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) AND HEALTH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Social Economic and Health Development (SEHD) Project enables people with disabilities to re-integrate into their communities. It works primarily through Self Help Groups across five districts. People with disabilities have improved access to health care, assistive devices (like wheelchairs and canes), economic opportunities and water and sanitation facilities.

This project commenced in July 2015, building upon the successes of the previous CBR and Rural Timor Leste Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) “Enablement” Projects.

In its second year of a five year cycle, the following are key successes for the project thus far:

• 277 people participated in disability inclusion, rights and advocacy training sessions

• 24 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 277 members operating to address the needs of people affected by leprosy and disability, including increased social inclusion

• 48 people with disability referred for assistive aids through the CBR outreach services to enable increased participation in daily activities.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The CBR and SEHD Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

TIMOR LESTE: THE RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY PROJECT

The Rights for People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project commenced in July 2016. The project builds on the successes of The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Disability Awareness Project which concluded in June 2016 after five years of implementation. The project works with and through six Disabled Peoples Organisations in Timor Leste to help ensure that people with disabilities in Timor Leste are able to fully participate in society and have equal access to rights and opportunities.

Having just completed its first year of a five year cycle, the following are initial key successes:

• 336 people participated in disability rights training sessions

• 53 people with disabilities participating in various training courses including computer skills, mobility, English language and Braille

• 26 teachers provided with disability inclusion training to ensure children with disabilities are able to benefit from education

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Rights For People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

Our People

CEO

Sheldon Rankin,

Leadership Team

Geraldine Toh, Paul Andrews, Supun Thejana and Philip Hamilton

Names of Board Members

Colin Leonard Martin, Steven Meredith, Stephen Lockrey, Adam Walker, Tanya McPharlane, Rev. Kevin Keegan, Jennifer Ward and Dr Judy Louie, Damian Fisher, Dr Angeline Low, Fifi Rashando.

Number of Employees

25

Number of Volunteers

13

Registration Information

ABN

52 354 004 543

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Here’s how your donation is used to help leprosy-affected people like Nagammal (her story below).

  1. Detection and diagnosis – your gift goes towards finding and diagnosing people like Nagammal who are “missing” or hidden away because of the stigma of leprosy.
  2. Treatment and cure – your gift goes towards Multi-Drug Therapy and the care needed for someone with horrific and infected wounds from leprosy. Nagammal is so grateful she has now been cured!
  3. Mobility aids – your gift goes towards items such as wheelchairs or walking frames. Nagammal can now move around independently although she has lost her hands and toes!
  4. Reconstructive surgery – your gift goes towards operations that restore function to nerve damaged limbs. Now Nagammal’s forearm has been surgically altered so she actually pick up things again… and cook, clean and dress herself! Even brush her own hair again!

“No one would ever touch me – especially not such an educated person. Usually no one comes near me because they are afraid they will catch leprosy from me…”

Nagammal was shocked to find the man from The Leprosy Mission wasn’t afraid of her disease!

He touched me, looked at my ulcers and bandaged my wounds.”

In the name of Jesus, we reach out to people like Nagammal. They may be among the missing or hidden cases of leprosy but Jesus knows all their names! He wants them to know they are loved. He wants to heal them and ease their suffering.

Nagammal should not have spent all those years suffering because of leprosy. Please help us find the “missing cases” of leprosy!

Please give today so people like Nagammal don’t have to suffer!

Other support

Host a Cuppa for a Cure tea party!

It’s a great way to have fun, raise awareness of leprosy and raise money for those affected by leprosy and disability.

Morning or afternoon tea, anywhere or anytime. Hold it as part of a special event or celebration, a gathering with your friends at home, at church or in your group. We can provide you with the resources and newsletters you need. Even your tea and coffee.

 

Host a Cuppa for a Cure and change lives

You and your friends can raise much needed funds to help free people affected by leprosy, like Binta, from the devastation of disability, isolation, poverty and rejection.

Have a Cuppa for a Cure tea party. To register your event and request resources get in touch with Tim Collison, The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Engagement Cordinator!

 

How Cuppa for a Cure works

 

 
Set the date Register your event
 You can hold your event at anytime during 2018. Remember to give your guests plenty of notice so that as many as possible will be able to attend. Get in touch to register your event and help make your event a success. You can even buy your tea and coffee from us.

 

   
Invite your guests Change lives together
Invite as many people as you and your venue can handle. Don’t forget to send a reminder to your guests as the date approaches. Get together with friends, family or colleagues to raise awareness of leprosy and raise money for people affected by leprosy and disability.

 

Planning your Cuppa for a Cure tea party

Here’s some great tips to make your tea party a success:

  • Charge an entry fee and pass around a donation box
  • Introduce a ‘Gold Coin’ donation for each cuppa you serve
  • Encourage everyone to bring along a friend or colleague to the event
  • At work, why not introduce a Cuppa Tax where everyone pays $1 or $2 to boil the kettle
  • Gifts of Love – invite your guests to give a Gift of Love from the catalogue and change lives
  • Hold a tea tasting where people can try teas and treats from countries we support — Nigeria, Timor Leste, India, Nepal, Thailand, Papua New Guinea
  • Buy your tea and coffee from The Leprosy Mission Australia and you’ll provide even more support
  • Sell merchandise from our latest Gift Catalogue at your Cuppa for a Cure event

Contact us today FREECALL 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767) or email: hello@leprosymission.org.au

Work with us

Do you have a passion for people?  We are currently advertising for a Customer Service Officer to assist our supporters in helping people affected by leprosy and disability. 

Switched on to all things online? Help leprosy ‘go viral’.  For more information on our Digital Content Coordinator role go to NGO recruitment.

Do you have a passion to transform lives?

If you would like to pursue other positions as they become available, you can register your interest with our Human Resources Manager.

Please indicate your areas of interest, and we’ll be in touch!

 

 

Volunteer with us

Do you have a passion to transform lives?  We are currently looking for the following assistance:

Archivist

More than 100 years of service to people affected by leprosy generates a lot of artifacts. At the office in Box Hill, Melbourne there is a room full of photos, slides, CDs and other historical materials requiring sorting. We’d like to make these precious items available to interested supporters. 

Would you be able to help sort and prepare this material for The Leprosy Mission Australia’s archives? Some archival or librarian experience is required.

We will be able to provide instructions and help as needed.

For further information contact Nerida on 03 9890 0577 or via email 

Got any other skills you’d like to share for a great cause? 

Contact us on 03 9890 0577 or email 

Our Mission / Objective

The Leprosy Mission was founded in 1874 by Wellesley and Alice Bailey, and their friends the Pim sisters to provide holistic support to people affected by leprosy. After more than 140 years, The Leprosy Mission is still committed to this central work. It is the largest and oldest leprosy-focussed organisation in the world.

You can download our Welcome brochure or learn more about our work by seeing Leprosy and Your Impact 

Our Vision

Leprosy defeated, lives transformed.

Our Mission

Following Jesus Christ, The Leprosy Mission strives to break the chains of leprosy, empowering people to attain healing, dignity, and life in all its fullness.

Our Values

Because we follow Jesus Christ, we value compassion, justice, integrity, inclusion and humility.

Our Logo

The design represents Jesus and the man with leprosy who knelt at Jesus’ feet asking to be healed – and Jesus healed him (see The Bible – Mark 1:40-42). It deeply expresses the heart’s desire of The Leprosy Mission’s Founder, Wellesley Bailey, who wrote “I felt if ever there was a Christ-like work in this world it was to go among these poor sufferers and bring to them the consolation of the Gospel”.

 

Projects in Progress

INDIA: KOTHARA AND SALUR HOSPITALS

These hospitals provide much needed medical care to people affected by leprosy including Multi-Drug Therapy, reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and ulcer care. They also provide general medical services to local communities. Your support has enabled these hospitals to treat 51,000 people for leprosy and general health conditions over the last year.

In the last year, the hospitals saw:

• 134 people received reconstructive surgery for leprosy impairments across both hospitals.

• 232 new cases of leprosy diagnosed.

• 325 appropriate footwear, orthotic aids and prostheses provided to people affected by leprosy to improve mobility and function across both hospitals.

• 4,143 people affected by leprosy received physiotherapy services in the Philadelphia Leprosy Hospital Salur.

INDIA: VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE PROJECT

Vocational training centres teach a wide variety of technical skills for people affected by leprosy and general disability. This means that they can obtain employment and independently support their families.

This training includes cutting and sewing, diesel mechanics, dressmaking, electrician, motor vehicle mechanics, animal husbandry.

The Leprosy Mission Australia is supporting the Vadathorasalur Vocational Centre in India which is situated on the grounds of The Leprosy Mission’s Vadathorasalur Hospital.

Over the next five years, the project aims to ensure healing, dignity and inclusion for a minimum of 670 young people affected by leprosy and disability and 200 underprivileged girls and women.

INDIA: THE PARTNERSHIPS, ADVOCACY, RESEARCH AND TRAINING TOWARDS INCLUSION (PARTI) PROJECT

The aim of this project is to empower people with disabilities in India to be able to claim their rights in terms of employment, education, health care and community participation.

This project started in January 2014, building on lessons learned in the Disability Rights Project (previously supported by The Leprosy Mission Australia). Some of the project’s achievements in the last year include:

• 220 health care workers trained in the detection and treatment of leprosy.

• 539 people with disabilities were facilitated to access government assistance.

• 382 people participated in disability rights and advocacy training.

The project works at a village level to establish groups of people with disabilities and then assists these groups in advocating for their rights.

In this way, the project has benefitted 3,638 people with disabilities in targeted communities.

The project has also worked to establish two Disability Information Centres – so that people with disabilities are able to seek advice about their rights and the services available to them.

NEPAL: EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Education Program helps children affected by leprosy or disability attend school. Without this support, these children would miss out on an education. Getting children to school is difficult for families in poverty. This program provides these students with access to the uniforms, books and food necessary to obtain an education.

Through your Nepal Education Program in 2017, you provided the necessary resources to ensure 184 disadvantaged children’s lives were transformed for approximately 7,933 rupees / AUD $102 per child.

Navitas Supported by Navitas
The Education Program is supported by a grant from Navitas, a leading global education provider. Thanks to Navitas, this project is able to provide 150 scholarships each year to help children and young adults affected by leprosy obtain an education.

NEPAL: ANANDABAN HOSPITAL SELF-CARE UNIT

The Self Care Unit at The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital provides Self Care education to people affected by leprosy in Nepal.  It is essential for people with leprosy-related sensory loss and muscle weakness to learn how to prevent injury and care for their wounds. The Self Care Unit provides practical training to do this. Your support of this project prevents the development of further injury or disability.

Through your support of the Nepal Self Care Unit in 2017, 406 people affected by leprosy were provided with self-care training, enabling them to comfortably manage their symptoms and prevent further disability at a cost of approximately 1037 rupees / AUD $13 per person.

NEPAL: PARTICIPATORY ACTION FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (PACED) PROJECT

The PACED CHAMP project helps improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability. It provides self-care training and assistive devices to people affected by leprosy. It also provides community awareness events to educate communities on domestic and gender violence issues. This project runs across three districts: Chitwan, Makwanpur and Parsa. The Leprosy Mission Nepal implements this project.

IMPACT STATEMENTS/ SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

In its third year of a five-year cycle, the following successes have been achieved:

• Health and hygiene training provided to 801 project participants.

• 48 people were provided with assistive devices (such as walking frames and wheelchairs).

• 90 people were provided with micro-credit training to assist in the development of their own business.

• 64 people received prevention of disability training.

Through your support of the PACED CHAMP project in 2017, 64 Self Help Groups with 801 members were empowered to become leaders within their community through leadership management training at a cost of 35,261 rupees/ AUD $451 per group.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The PACED CHAMP project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Nepal.

NEPAL: RECLAIM EASTERN DEVELOPMENT REGION PROJECT

The RECLAIM EDR Project II works in the Eastern region of Nepal. It empowers people affected by leprosy and disability to be agents of development. This helps them lead healthy and dignified lives, and improve the services available to their communities.  The project is implemented by Nepal Leprosy Fellowship.

The RECLAIM EDR Project II began in July 2017, but the previous RECLAIM EDR Project completed its five year cycle June 30, and achieved the following key successes in the last year:

• Improved functional ability for 337 SHG members through the provision of assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs, crutches) and increased prevention of disability (e.g. though protective shoes).

• 131 members of SHGs have undertaken income generation activities through savings schemes.

• Disability rights advocacy training provided to 405 SHG members.

• 484 people received prevention of disability training.

IMPACT STATEMENTS/ SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to your support of the RECLAIM EDR project in 2017:

• 47 communities were provided with accessible bathroom facilities at a cost of 55,679 rupees/ AUD $712 per community, ensuring safety and dignity for people with disabilities.

• 1,117 people participated in a variety of classes (including literacy and microfinance training) at a cost of 1,900 rupees/ AUD $24 per person.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The RECLAIM EDR Project II is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Nepal.

NIGERIA: INTEGRATED NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASE AND DISABILITY PROJECT

The Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease and Disability Project provides communities in the Zamfara State with quality health services and an increased inclusion of people with disabilities. In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, this project has increased access to treatment for leprosy and lymphatic filariasis, as well as disability management and prevention services. Your support of this project has also provided assistive devices to people with disabilities and trained new health workers.

The Integrated NTD and Disability Project commenced in July 2014.  Now in its third year, some recent achievements over the past 12 months include:

• 500 people participated in prevention of disability training

• 296 new leprosy cases detected

• Campaigns conducted across schools and communities to educate people on water, hygiene and sanitation practices reached over 4,000 people

• 173 people were assessed and provided with assistive devices (such as walking frames and wheelchairs).

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Integrated NTD and Disability Project is supported by the Australian Government through theAustralian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Nigeria.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT (SLD) PROJECT

This new project will focus on the development of agricultural and sustainable livelihoods initiatives for people in 50 communities affected by leprosy and disability across Papua New Guinea.

The Leprosy Mission Papua New Guinea has successfully secured five years of institutional funding from the New Zealand government (MFAT) for a replacement project called the Sustainable Livelihoods Development (SLD) project which commenced in 2017. The Leprosy Mission Australia is supporting this project which has more of a community development focus, training local communities affected by leprosy on income generating activities as well improved health awareness and practices regarding the disease.

In December 2015, the previous phase project completed its third and final year but was permitted an extension of government funding throughout 2016/2017 to finalise activities. This project aimed to address the medical and social consequences of leprosy and thus reduce the leprosy burden in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The project also worked to provide opportunities for people affected by leprosy to gain paid employment and help communities to recognise the rights of people affected by leprosy so they can participate in their communities.

Some key achievements of the project in its final months included:

• 464 new leprosy cases diagnosed.

• 389 health workers training in leprosy diagnosis and management.

• 11,105 people reached with health promotion (including leprosy awareness) activities.

IMPACT STATEMENT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

In 2017, in cost approximately AUD$3.62 per person to ensure 11,105 community members from high leprosy-prevalence provinces were reached with health promotion activities, to ensure greater public awareness that leprosy is curable.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN COMMUNITY BASED LEPROSY CONTROL PROJECT

This part of the McKean projects, began in July 2017, continues to provide healthcare and disability services to marginalised and disadvantaged people in Thailand.  In partnership with government health workers, project staff find and treat new cases of leprosy.  This strengthens health services in the northern and western border-regions of Thailand.

People affected by leprosy (including non-Thai citizens) receive quality, timely treatment and management of leprosy complications in the community.

McKean projects in the last financial year had the following successes:

• 234 people with leprosy and/ or disability participated in prevention of disability training.

• 26 new leprosy patients identified and treated.

• 380 medical workers trained in leprosy diagnosis and management.

YOUR IMPACT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to you, refugees affected by leprosy and other disabilities were assisted to travel to Chiang Mai, where they were able to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, McKean arranged for Thai language classes, counselling services, housing, and community groups for refugees to share their experiences and make friends. Not only have the patients displayed incredible physical improvement, but they have also been able to settle in and establish a new life for themselves in Thailand thanks to McKean’s help. Your support of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre in 2017 enabled 129 refugees affected by leprosy or disability to be identified through case finding and receive rehabilitation services at a cost of 3,547 baht / AUD $138 per person.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN ELDERLY LEPROSY RESIDENTIAL CARE PROJECT

his phase of the project began in July 2017 and provides elderly disabled leprosy patients with quality, holistic residential care support in northern and western border regions of Thailand.

Due to past experiences of stigma, social rejection and dislocation from families, elderly people affected by leprosy can lack a social support network.  Because of ongoing, and often worsening disability, elderly people affected by leprosy experience increasing immobility, dependency and lessening quality of life.

Social exclusion, limited education and limited mobility,  can cause a lack awareness for these people their rights to access government benefits (e.g. disability pensions).

This project aims to provide housing and strengthen leprosy and disability services for these elderly people in northern and western border regions of Thailand.

THAILAND: THE MCKEAN HOSPITAL BASED LEPROSY CONTROL PROJECT

This specific project, begun in July 2017, continues to provide healthcare and disability services to marginalised and disadvantaged people in Thailand.  This strengthens health services in the northern and western border-regions. Your support also provides assistive devices and vocational training to people affected by leprosy and/or disability.

In the previous financial year, the McKean projects had the following successes:

• 40 people with disabilities were provided with assistive devices to support increased function and independence.

• 380 medical workers trained in leprosy diagnosis and management.

YOUR IMPACT / SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:

Thanks to you, refugees affected by leprosy and other disabilities were assisted to travel to Chiang Mai, where they were able to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, McKean arranged for Thai language classes, counselling services, housing, and community groups for refugees to share their experiences and make friends. Not only have the patients displayed incredible physical improvement, but they have also been able to settle in and establish a new life for themselves in Thailand thanks to McKean’s help. Your support of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre in 2017 enabled 129 refugees affected by leprosy or disability to be identified through case finding and receive rehabilitation services at a cost of 3,547 baht / AUD $138 per person.

TIMOR LESTE: BETTER HEALTH FOR COMMUNITIES PROJECT

The Better Health project is working to eliminate leprosy in high endemic districts. It focuses its efforts on three key provinces: Dili and Baucau in the north and Oecusse an enclave in Indonesia to the west. The project works to detect leprosy in its early stages in order to halt the onset of disability and stop its spread.

Some key successes of the project in the last year:

• Community level screening activities resulted in 124 new cases of leprosy being diagnosed and treated

• 1,943 community advocates trained and mobilized to support local leprosy activities such as awareness raising, as well as referring suspected cases of leprosy to ensure early treatment

• There are now 14 Self Care Groups with 115 members who assist each other in addressing early signs and prevention of disability.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Better Health Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

TIMOR LESTE: COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) AND HEALTH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Social Economic and Health Development (SEHD) Project enables people with disabilities to re-integrate into their communities. It works primarily through Self Help Groups across five districts. People with disabilities have improved access to health care, assistive devices (like wheelchairs and canes), economic opportunities and water and sanitation facilities.

This project commenced in July 2015, building upon the successes of the previous CBR and Rural Timor Leste Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) “Enablement” Projects.

In its second year of a five year cycle, the following are key successes for the project thus far:

• 277 people participated in disability inclusion, rights and advocacy training sessions

• 24 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 277 members operating to address the needs of people affected by leprosy and disability, including increased social inclusion

• 48 people with disability referred for assistive aids through the CBR outreach services to enable increased participation in daily activities.

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The CBR and SEHD Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

TIMOR LESTE: THE RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY PROJECT

The Rights for People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project commenced in July 2016. The project builds on the successes of The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Disability Awareness Project which concluded in June 2016 after five years of implementation. The project works with and through six Disabled Peoples Organisations in Timor Leste to help ensure that people with disabilities in Timor Leste are able to fully participate in society and have equal access to rights and opportunities.

Having just completed its first year of a five year cycle, the following are initial key successes:

• 336 people participated in disability rights training sessions

• 53 people with disabilities participating in various training courses including computer skills, mobility, English language and Braille

• 26 teachers provided with disability inclusion training to ensure children with disabilities are able to benefit from education

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Rights For People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.

Our People

CEO

Sheldon Rankin,

Leadership Team

Geraldine Toh, Paul Andrews, Supun Thejana and Philip Hamilton

Names of Board Members

Colin Leonard Martin, Steven Meredith, Stephen Lockrey, Adam Walker, Tanya McPharlane, Rev. Kevin Keegan, Jennifer Ward and Dr Judy Louie, Damian Fisher, Dr Angeline Low, Fifi Rashando.

Number of Employees

25

Number of Volunteers

13

Registration Information

ABN

52 354 004 543

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Here’s how your donation is used to help leprosy-affected people like Nagammal (her story below).

  1. Detection and diagnosis – your gift goes towards finding and diagnosing people like Nagammal who are “missing” or hidden away because of the stigma of leprosy.
  2. Treatment and cure – your gift goes towards Multi-Drug Therapy and the care needed for someone with horrific and infected wounds from leprosy. Nagammal is so grateful she has now been cured!
  3. Mobility aids – your gift goes towards items such as wheelchairs or walking frames. Nagammal can now move around independently although she has lost her hands and toes!
  4. Reconstructive surgery – your gift goes towards operations that restore function to nerve damaged limbs. Now Nagammal’s forearm has been surgically altered so she actually pick up things again… and cook, clean and dress herself! Even brush her own hair again!

“No one would ever touch me – especially not such an educated person. Usually no one comes near me because they are afraid they will catch leprosy from me…”

Nagammal was shocked to find the man from The Leprosy Mission wasn’t afraid of her disease!

He touched me, looked at my ulcers and bandaged my wounds.”

In the name of Jesus, we reach out to people like Nagammal. They may be among the missing or hidden cases of leprosy but Jesus knows all their names! He wants them to know they are loved. He wants to heal them and ease their suffering.

Nagammal should not have spent all those years suffering because of leprosy. Please help us find the “missing cases” of leprosy!

Please give today so people like Nagammal don’t have to suffer!

Other support

Host a Cuppa for a Cure tea party!

It’s a great way to have fun, raise awareness of leprosy and raise money for those affected by leprosy and disability.

Morning or afternoon tea, anywhere or anytime. Hold it as part of a special event or celebration, a gathering with your friends at home, at church or in your group. We can provide you with the resources and newsletters you need. Even your tea and coffee.

 

Host a Cuppa for a Cure and change lives

You and your friends can raise much needed funds to help free people affected by leprosy, like Binta, from the devastation of disability, isolation, poverty and rejection.

Have a Cuppa for a Cure tea party. To register your event and request resources get in touch with Tim Collison, The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Engagement Cordinator!

 

How Cuppa for a Cure works

 

 
Set the date Register your event
 You can hold your event at anytime during 2018. Remember to give your guests plenty of notice so that as many as possible will be able to attend. Get in touch to register your event and help make your event a success. You can even buy your tea and coffee from us.

 

   
Invite your guests Change lives together
Invite as many people as you and your venue can handle. Don’t forget to send a reminder to your guests as the date approaches. Get together with friends, family or colleagues to raise awareness of leprosy and raise money for people affected by leprosy and disability.

 

Planning your Cuppa for a Cure tea party

Here’s some great tips to make your tea party a success:

  • Charge an entry fee and pass around a donation box
  • Introduce a ‘Gold Coin’ donation for each cuppa you serve
  • Encourage everyone to bring along a friend or colleague to the event
  • At work, why not introduce a Cuppa Tax where everyone pays $1 or $2 to boil the kettle
  • Gifts of Love – invite your guests to give a Gift of Love from the catalogue and change lives
  • Hold a tea tasting where people can try teas and treats from countries we support — Nigeria, Timor Leste, India, Nepal, Thailand, Papua New Guinea
  • Buy your tea and coffee from The Leprosy Mission Australia and you’ll provide even more support
  • Sell merchandise from our latest Gift Catalogue at your Cuppa for a Cure event

Contact us today FREECALL 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767) or email: hello@leprosymission.org.au

Work with us

Do you have a passion for people?  We are currently advertising for a Customer Service Officer to assist our supporters in helping people affected by leprosy and disability. 

Switched on to all things online? Help leprosy ‘go viral’.  For more information on our Digital Content Coordinator role go to NGO recruitment.

Do you have a passion to transform lives?

If you would like to pursue other positions as they become available, you can register your interest with our Human Resources Manager.

Please indicate your areas of interest, and we’ll be in touch!

 

 

Volunteer with us

Do you have a passion to transform lives?  We are currently looking for the following assistance:

Archivist

More than 100 years of service to people affected by leprosy generates a lot of artifacts. At the office in Box Hill, Melbourne there is a room full of photos, slides, CDs and other historical materials requiring sorting. We’d like to make these precious items available to interested supporters. 

Would you be able to help sort and prepare this material for The Leprosy Mission Australia’s archives? Some archival or librarian experience is required.

We will be able to provide instructions and help as needed.

For further information contact Nerida on 03 9890 0577 or via email 

Got any other skills you’d like to share for a great cause? 

Contact us on 03 9890 0577 or email 

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