Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries and also the most densely populated. Leprosy is still a major public health problem in certain areas of Bangladesh.
TLM has a total of 21* projects in Bangladesh. The TLM co-ordination office in Dhaka is responsible for overseeing the projects, for networking with secular and Christian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and building relationships with government health staff. Some of the key programmes include:
Gaibandha-Jaipurhat Leprosy Care Project (GJLCP) is a combined leprosy care and community-based rehabilitation project. It focuses on leprosy case finding, raising awareness, health education, management of complicated leprosy cases, prevention of disabilities as well as socio-economic development activities.
The Rural Health Programme raises awareness about leprosy, provides quality leprosy services in different districts, assists the local health administration to operate clinics in government health premises and aims to integrate care of leprosy-affected people with general health-care provision.
Co-ordination for Advocacy and Networking (CAN) Project is the only project in Bangladesh committed to the cause of the promotion and protection of the human rights of people affected by leprosy. The project is based at TLM's Dhaka office.
In the slums of Dhaka, TLM works alongside the Bangladeshi government and other NGOs, serving a population of four million through a leprosy control project. The project ensures women are given equal access to services.
TLM Country Leader - TBA
The Leprosy Mission
Old Banani DOHS
Tel: +880 (0) 2 882 6395
*Correct as at 1 December 2011