The United Nations ranks Niger, in sub-Saharan Africa, as the poorest country in the world. TLM has for many years funded and provided personnel for the Danja Leprosy Referral Hospital in the centre of the country, which provides leprosy services for the whole of the Maradi region and beyond. In 2011, TLM Niger was established as a separate organisation to expand services to people and communities affected by leprosy, and its small team works from the capital, Niamey. The vision is to see people affected by leprosy have a transformed life through access to sustainable leprosy and community services that enhance their potential to actively participate in society.
There are now projects in six regions working to achieve this vision. TLM conducts leprosy awareness education and training and supervision of health workers in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Development programmes in poor, leprosy-affected communities include micro credit, livelihoods (agriculture and business), provision of drinkable water, building latrines, promoting hygiene and providing housing. TLM also encourages the formation of self-help and self-care groups. TLM plays a key role in supporting IDEA, an association of people affected by leprosy, through training in advocacy, empowerment and creating community awareness, and also builds partnership with church leaders and disability organisations.
TLM Niger’s country leader is Bunmi Oluloto, who is originally from Nigeria. The annual budget is around £400,000.