German Leprosy and Relief Association (GLRA) GLRA India was setup with an objective to care and support people affected with Leprosy, Tuberculosis and transform the lives of people with disabilities through medical and social Rehabilitation. It is one of the leading NGOs in the country partnering with 35 NGOs and 20 Direct Projects in 14 states and 3 Union Territories to deliver quality leprosy and TB activities besides 4 Operational Research projects.
In the last 50 years, more than 200 leprosy projects have been initiated touching the lives of 23 lakh affected people. GLRA collaborates with Govt. of India in states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, & West Bengal and UTs of Lakshadweep, Dadra Nagar & Haveli & Daman & Diu for supporting National Leprosy Eradication Program. Our projects include comprehensive programmes in health (focusing in leprosy &TB care), community-based rehabilitation (CBR), advocacy, capacity building, community education and research.
GLRA India currently collaborates with International agencies like European Union, Federal Ministry of Economic Corporation and Development – Germany, Global Fund/World Vision, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP) to strengthen activities within its mandate besides their parent organization DAHW, Germany.
Their activities include:
Leprosy Care: GLRA India supported 35 NGOs (across 14 states and 3 union territories in India) in 2015 to provide quality leprosy care through out-patient and inpatient services. At present GLRA India provides leprosy services in 28 projects including 17 hospitals with 1150 beds. They provide secondary and tertiary level leprosy referral services.
It supports in activities like diagnosis, treatment, prevention of disability, surgeries and provision of aids & appliances including special (MCR) footwear. GLRA supported 18 leprosy hospitals to provide highest (secondary & tertiary) level of leprosy referral care.
Tuberculosis Care: GLRA India supported 15 NGOs across 10 states, covering more than 30 lakh patients. Their services include Sub-district level TB control unit, sputum examination & treatment, contact screening, sputum collection & transportation besides create awareness on TB through social mobilization campaigns. An overall 85% cure rate is reported among TB patients treated through our projects. GLRA India also piloted few innovative direct projects to enhance TB control.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR): These projects facilitated rehabilitation services to 2,341 persons with disability and among these 145 patients are leprosy affected people. The main areas are education assistance and vocational training to help them improve their quality of life. Besides them, two large scale CBR Projects were implemented through the co-finance support of BMZ [German Govt.] & European Union in 5 backward districts which is in progress to serve 5,135 and 2.7 lakhs Persons with disability respectively.
Income Rs8 cr
Expense Rs8 cr
Source : Audit Report 2016
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