Contribute to a fund for steroid treatment for people affected by leprosy-ALERT-INDIA Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation & Treatment India
Contribute to a fund for steroid treatment for people affected by leprosy, INR 2000

ALERT India works on the identification, prevention, and treatment of Leprosy in communities in Mumbai, suburbs and rural areas. They do this through conducting screening camps in municipal schools and surrounding communities. Once the disease is identified, patients are guided to Leprosy Referral Centres for further follow up.

The Basics

• ALERT India runs LRCS in 92 in Maharashtra
• Most of these are based out of Municipal and Rural Hospitals and are operational for one day a week in the morning
• Patients visit these centres regularly depending on the nature of their ailment and service required
• The treatment/medication given mostly free of cost; some patients pay for the MCR footwear-
• Beneficiaries are identified through Door to door surveys and screening camps in municipal schools, referrals from municipal and other hospitals who know about their work and word of mouth
• The patients are given therapy/ footwear/ medication depending on the nature or seriousness of the infection
• Serious cases include Reactions and Ulcers
• Each patient has a report card which tracks their progress and is consulted every time they visit the centre
• Patients are given dressing kits, MRC footwear, splints etc. depending on their condition
• They are given hydrotherapy or wax therapy if required and are trained on the same to continue the treatment at home

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Towards fund for steroid treatment 2000.00
Unit Price 2000
Total 2000
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Ignorance from the family led to worsening of the situation
Mukesh Shildar Pawar, a 13-year-old boy, resides with his family in Amode village of Shirpur block at Dhule district in Maharashtra. His family consists of his mother, an elder brother and a younger sister. Mukesh is a school dropout and hence most of the time he is found playing with other children in the village. He was totally ignorant that he had leprosy.
The Block Coordinator (BC) counselled Mukesh and convinced about the importance of treatment and asked him to bring his mother along with him to discuss about the problem. Mukesh’s mother contacted BC to know the reason for clawing fingers of Mukesh. Periodic interventions by BC, Mukesh’s regular passive exercise at home and weekly treatment at LRC showed positive results. Mukesh and his family are happy because of the improvement. BC is also making effort in motivating Mukesh to join back to school.
Through the conversation with Mukesh it was found that Mukesh had consulted Medical Officer of the Sanghavi PHC at Shirpur block who had directed him to go to Shirpur Government Hospital for further check up. But this advice of the Medical Officer was ignored by Mukesh’s family. Because his mother and brother work at farms as casual laborer to earn for the livelihood for the family. They did not want to lose their daily wages. BC counselled her and explained her that the clawing of fingers is due to leprosy and for that Mukesh need to visit Shirpur LRC for treatment and services for correction of his clawing fingers. He also mentioned about the free treatment as the mother was worried about the treatment expenses.

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