Completed stigma and discrimination projects
Stigma is a barrier to zero leprosy in terms of prevention of leprosy, treatment, case management, chemoprophylaxis, and prevention of disabilities. In addition, it has a severe impact on the mental wellbeing of persons affected and their families. Several topics in this area are of high importance to reduce leprosy related stigma and discrimination, such as community involvement and participation of persons affected by leprosy in interventions. The LRI also supports more research on the mental wellbeing of leprosy affected persons and the associations with health care seeking behaviour and accesibility. Other research in this area focuses on inclusion and participation, the elimination of discrimination and behaviour change approaches.
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.