Completed inclusion projects
Exclusion from society is the most feared and severe consequence of leprosy. This may happen overtly, as when people are sent away from their home or faced divorce, or in much more subtle ways, such as loss of status, gossip, avoidance, etc.
The LRI supports research that promotes inclusion and participation of persons affected by leprosy in any aspect of society. Important aspects are relationships, including marriage and promotion of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of affected persons, livelihoods and labour participation, education, and participation in civil organisations, such as disabled people’s organisations. Participation of affected persons in leprosy services in the broadest sense is another aspect that deserves specific attention.
Christian churches and leprosy-related stigma
Enablement (The Netherlands)
This study explored the perceptions of various Christian leaders and church members in the Nigerian middle belt states on leprosy, and their perspective on possible interventions in church life that help to reduce leprosy-related stigma.
Inclusive community based rehabilitation in Brazil and Indonesia
Disability Studies Group in the Netherlands
In view of leprosy as a medical-social public health problem, community based rehabilitation (CBR) could offer some hope for improving the lives of people affected by the disease. However, in community based initiatives sustainability is a common problem. This project has assessed feasible and effective ways to achieve sustainability in CBR initiatives of persons affected by leprosy in Indonesia and Brazil.
Rehabilitation, Empowerment and Development (Nepal)
The pilot study gives an overview of the situation regarding social exclusion/inclusion of leprosy affected people in two high endemic districts in Nepal: Udayapur and Jhapa.
VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Disability Studies Centre, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
The SARI Project studied the effectiveness of community-based stigma reduction interventions in an intervention study design. The intervention strategies tested were counselling, contact and socio-economic development. Final results of this project are available.
Inclusion of people with physical disabilities in Nepal
Foundation Enablement Nepal
This project explored how people with disabilities could benefit from being more involved in agriculture by teaching water management technologies in Nepal. Results are available.