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We provide comprehensive services to meet the total needs of people affected by leprosy by:
Medicine
providing people diagnosed with leprosy with modern treatment - the Multi-drug therapy (MDT) as quickly as possible in order to prevent deformity.
 
Hospital care
treating the complications of leprosy such as serious ulcers or reactions, and providing surgery, intensive physiotherapy or artificial limbs. TLM works through its own hospitals, or undertakes to provide leprosy care in the general hospitals of governments or other Non-governmental organisations.
 
Prevention of disability
teaching patients and their families how disability can be prevented through proper self-care. Also providing protective footwear and adapted tools etc to remove dangers from daily life.
 
Community awareness
helping to break down the fear and stigma associated with leprosy by teaching the true facts of the disease - leprosy can be cured; isolation is not necessary.
 
Rehabilitation
helping people to lead as full a life as possible after leprosy - accepted and socially integrated into their communities; able to live meaningful lives; and financially and physically independent.
 
Reconstructive surgery
restoring usefulness to affected limbs and correcting / improving facial disfigurement.
 
Vocational training
training people in professional skills which will enable them to have a steady job or set up their own small business.
 
Schooling
removing the barriers which prevent leprosy affected children from continuing their education, for example, illness, poverty and stigma.
 
Training General Health staff
to fully involve general health staff in caring for their own people by passing on medical knowledge, skills and compassionate approach.
 
Counselling and spiritual care
for those carrying the emotional and spiritual wounds of leprosy.
Integration
enabling those affected by leprosy to live normally in the community through housing projects or reunification with their families.
Long-term care
for people who cannot realistically be rehabilitated in the community due to their disabilities or lack of supporting family.
General medical services
running services which complement the leprosy work, such as skin clinics and eye camps.
Support for Govt. programmes
responding to government requests for help with training, supervision, advice and funds.
Support for churches and local charities
encouraging local Christians to include leprosy sufferers in their concerns.
Research
seeking answers to today's dilemmas to provide better care tomorrow. Especially in the areas of disability prevention.

Eye care
an important aspect of the work as leprosy can cause blindness if eye complications are not detected and cared for appropriately.
 
One of Our Success stories:  

BUSAYO ROGBITAN
Busayo Rogbitan (27 years old), is the daughter of a person affected by leprosy residing in Okegbala leprosy community of Kwara State. Busayo found herself among many other children who grew up to find their parents affected by leprosy, isolated, stigmatized, poor and unable to give them the basic necessities of life, such as a sound education.

Busayo had lost hope of attaining higher education, until when The Leprosy Mission took over to support her. She was among the lucky few who had benefited from the yearly TLMN education support given to children of persons affected by leprosy.

Today, Busayo is a graduate of history education from the Obafemi Awolowo University, where rounded up her studies in March 2013.

While awaiting her NYSC posting, she indicated interest in fashion design, stating that this skill will enable her to be self employed and generate income that will enable her support her family economically and socially; instead of waiting endlessly for government employment that may not even come. Busayo was subsequently enrolled into the TLMN vocational support programme. Shortly after her training, Busayo received the setup equipment of an industrial sewing machine to enable her practice after training through the Okegbala community leadership.

Busayo is currently based in Ibadan, married and blessed with a lovely baby girl. Busayo' life was transformed for the best because of the support and encouragement she received from TLM through the kind hearted donations of people like you. Together we can make a difference in someone else's life.

 
EKAETTE OFFIONG
Ekaette Offiong is a 25 year old lady who suffered with leprosy for years before learning about the hospital at Ekpene Obom. The nerves to her hands and feet were affected and she now has visible deformity.
Her feet are at risk of wounds if she walks too far. She has finished taking multi-drug therapy (MDT) and is now free of leprosy. However, the nerve damage is permanent. Ekaette is now studying for her teacher's certificate to become a qualified primary school teacher. She is having plenty of teaching practice at the primary school inside Ekpene Obom hospital compound.
 
IDEA NIGERIA
Launched in December 2003 at a workshop sponsored by TLM Nigeria, IDEA Nigeria is a member of IDEA International, the association for people affected by Hansen ’s disease (Leprosy) all over the world.

I - Integration
For so long people affected by HD have been isolated in society, kept in settlements, denied admission to general health facilities, some denied access to schools and colleges. TLM and IDEA want to spread the word that HD is a disease like any other, that it is curable. When people have HD they need multi-drug therapy (MDT), but at no point do they need to be isolated from the community. People who have had HD in the past can and should live full and productive lives as legitimate members of society.
D - Dignity  
Visible deformity leads to embarrassment. The visible deformities caused by nerve damage in leprosy are quite distinctive and mark a person out as different. Such deformities often lead to people feeling ‘disabled’ – unable to function in life as before. TLM and IDEA seek to restore dignity to people who have low self-esteem. We see potential in people and work with individuals and communities to help them recognise and achieve their potential in life. We help people to see that their abilities are greater than their disabilities.

EA - Economic Advancement
Lack of education and social exclusion leads to lack of employment, and so low economic status. Working with communities TLM and Nigeria offer micro-credit services, advocate for employment of people with disabilities and lobby for re-instatement of people who were dismissed from work because of HD. TLM and IDEA want to spread the word that HD is a disease like any other, that it is curable.

You can contact IDEA Nigeria: 1 Ladi Kwali Road, Off Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Road, P.M.B. 179, Minna, Niger State.


Abuja Office: House No. C83/C84, Fort Royal Homes Estate, Lugbe, FCT - Abuja.    Minna Office: 1 Ladi Kwali Road, Off Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Road, P.M.B. 179, Minna, Niger State.
Registered Company No. 13665 Telephone: +234 (70) 65802807 | +234 (70) 36694394 | +234 (70) 36694394 | +234 (80) 55961756 |E-mail: office@tlmnigeria.org