Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

Leprosy Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of Leprosy Afflicted Persons (LAPs), a programme to rehabilitate the leprosy affected persons, was started in the year 1988 by Revered Swami Tapasyanandaji Maharaj.   Our aim is to make sure that these people are integrated back into the society. We have formed 13 Self Help Groups with 130 members.    Both financial and psychological support are provided to enable them to lead a normal life.  Eye, general health care and prevention of deformities camps are regularly conducted in association with the Deputy Director of Medical Services, Government of Tamil Nadu and Sankara Netralaya.

As on April 2012, over 1200 leprosy afflicted persons have been rehabilitated. 

At present Dr. Gunashekaran, Kings Institute, Chennai, along with his team of doctors is conducting the P.O.D camp with Amnion method on every Saturday to heal the unhealed ulcers and to regain the lost sensation. We are able to see improvement in healing ulcers and some patients are regaining sensation. If the regaining of sensation in extremities is achieved, it would be a great milestone in Medical Science.

The Road to Rehabilitation:

  • About fifty LAPs were benefited by Cataract Surgery performed by the Sankar Nethralaya Eye Hospital.
  • 60 LAPs have been registered with the Tamil Nadu Handicapped Welfare Board and they are receiving pension from the District Collectors of Chennai and Kancheepuram.
  • Free bus passes have been arranged for 40 LAPs.
  • Udhavum Ullangal, a charitable organisation based in Chennai, is giving provision worth Rs.1500 per month to 15 LAPs who are unable to undertake any job.
  • As the LAPs are often forced to change their residences in view of the antipathy of the owner, we have helped 10 members of the SHGs to get house allotment in Chemmanchery through the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.
  • The LAPs are being given training to produce simple household items like soap powder, phenyl, teddy bear, manufacturing chains etc.,
  • Sports meets are conducted for the LAPs and their family. They are also encouraged to participate in the sports meet being conducted by the Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation.
  • We are sponsoring the education of the children of LAPs.
  • Eighteen children of LAPs are undergoing Nursing Assistant Training so that they may get Government job.