AIFO India hosting ಕುಷ್ಟರೋಗ ವಿಮುಕ್ತರ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ
‘Kushtaroga Vimuktara Kudumba Samellana’ 2016
On February 14th 2016, at the Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavangudi, Bangalore over 200 persons affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities and their families gathered to celebrate their journey of healing, organized and supported by non-governmental organization AIFO India. The event brought together persons from across Karnataka and educated them about their rights, entitlements, opportunities and responsibilities. Stigma, illiteracy, lack of access, lack of mobility and poverty prevent persons affected by leprosy, disabled and the poor and vulnerable from accessing their entitlements. Supporting this event was the Karnataka Disabled Persons Federation (KSDPF) who enlightened the participants on the various welfare schemes available to them under the state and central government machinery.
Community based rehabilitation experts facilitated discussion among different groups of participants to identify the key challenges they are facings and seek short term and long term solutions. Addressing the participants was acclaimed freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy, who said that a “fighting spirit , is critical to overcoming the stigma of leprosy”. Women, children and volunteers worked together to express themselves creatively and enjoyed themselves immensely. Dr.Jose, Director AIFO said that “inclusive growth Is about ensuring that every individual – whether they are persons affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities or anyone who is on the fringes of society has enjoys equal rights and access to entitlements
AIFO India, works tirelessly to eradicate leprosy and related disability by not just providing medical interventions and support, but by rehabilitating individuals, families and communities of those affected by the disease. Over the two decades of their work in India, they have impacted over 1,50,000 people from vulnerable communities across 10 states in India. As partners of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) the flagship programme of the Central Leprosy Division and the World Health Organization their work sits at the ever evolving cross section of grass root interventions, as well healthcare policy design.
Mahatma Gandhi, worked tirelessly to ease the suffering of persons affected by leprosy and advocated for their rights and entitlements. This event highlighted his message that leprosy is about breaking down barriers and building shared futures on the foundations of empathy and compassion.
For more information on AIFO India’s work please log onto www.aifoindia.org