Chad, in north central Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Drought, corruption and civil unrest are chronic problems. Against this backdrop, the small TLM team led by long-term international staff member Geeske Zijp supports the Government’s leprosy control and disability prevention programmes. TLM’s work is in the Guéra, an area a few hours east of the capital, and its surrounding regions. The main contribution is supervision, training and follow-up of leprosy supervisors and health staff. This should result in early case detection, the right treatment of complications like leprosy reaction, and prevention of eye damage and ulcers. There are also a number of leprosy awareness programmes, especially on World Leprosy Day which is marked in Chad by well-organised activities.
A notable achievement in recent years has been the formation of disabled people’s organisations, where leprosy-affected persons are invited to play an active role. The aim is to create a ‘home’ where people with disabilities can share, support each other, develop new forms of income, and become active in local society. All TLM’s activities in Chad share this aim for active participation by local communities, churches, Government and other partners.
TLM Chad’s country leader is Bunmi Oluloto, who is based in Niger. The annual budget is around £120,000.