Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR), a member of International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), is supporting National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of India since 1993...
NLR at a glance
NLR in India
NLR Foundation, a member of International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), is supporting National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of India since 1993. NLR involvement in India started from the State of Bihar since 1993. This support was extended to Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand State in the year 1998, to Delhi State in the year 1999, to Jharkhand in the year 2000 and to West Bengal in the year 2001. In the year 2000, NLR established its Branch Office, in India, at Delhi. In the year 1999, NLR also established NLR India Trust, which received Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) clearance in the year 2004.
NLR Foundation provides support to National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of India for strengthening the integrated Leprosy services. This support is in accordance with the policies and guidelines contained within the structures of the Ministry of Health, Govt. of India (GOI). NLR support includes:
Technical advice, to staff carrying out leprosy activities at National, State and District levels.
- Resources, like finance, learning materials, equipment and expertise.
- The annual expenditure of NLR in India is in the tune of INR 3 – 4 Crore (More than € 0.65 Million).
NLR Foundation follows the principles of advising the Central, State and District authorities and not involving themselves in the implementation of activities. Strategy adopted is transferring of skills, through classroom and on the job trainings, guiding the State and district level functionaries to improve their skills in management of Leprosy, management of the programme and care after cure of Persons Affected by Leprosy.
How we function
The expertise available with NLR Foundation transfers their skills to Central, State and District level functionaries to improve management of leprosy and its eradication programme. The main focus is on improving Planning, Monitoring and Supervisory skills of the District Nucleus, placed by Government, in every districts of the country. The District Nucleus in turn improves the skills of GHC staff to ensure sustainable leprosy services of good quality. Another focus is on care after cure of Persons Affected by Leprosy (PAL) by supporting the formation of Self-Care Groups.
Close Collaboration with the Govts.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between ILEP (to which NLR Foundation is a member) and GOI for a period of 2007 – 2012. Under this MoU, ILEP agencies have agreed to provide support in capacity building, improving monitoring and supervision, rehabilitation, Health System Research etc.
Field of expertise
NLR Foundation offers expertise in ‘Public Health’ with capacity building and organisational development, to improve leprosy services in India. This includes systematic supportive supervision at district level in conjunction with district staff, support to rehabilitation in the form of supporting Self Care Groups. NLR Foundation is also involved in organizing and supporting workshops on different subjects’ e.g. clinical leprosy, management aspects of the programme, strategic planning, monitoring and supervision etc.
This expertise is provided through placement of Leprosy Programme Advisors (LPAs) at the State and Regional level and Chief Executive, Coordinator Projects, Self Care Group Coordinator at the National level. To add to the pool of experts, Senior Medical Advisors are also invited from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.