New SADLE is a non profit organization working for the rehabilitation, social and economic upliftment of the leprosy affected people, polio victims and other under privileged communities. It is a member of Fair Trade Group Nepal and WFTO and produces handcrafted products. It also provides market access through Fair Trade to local artisans and producers.
To improve the socioeconomic status of socially discarded people of the country by providing social support and raising the level of income through handicraft.
To achieve sustainability of New SADLE through establishing a reputed sustainable income generating handicraft business in order to rehabilitate and establish socially discarded and marginalized men and women by providing them social support and employment opportunity.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, and the eyes. Leprosy is curable and treatment in the early stages can prevent disability. However, if it isn’t treated, it can cause severe disfigurement and significant disability.
Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases recorded in history. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first known written reference to leprosy is from 600 B.C. Leprosy is common in many countries, especially those with tropical or subtropical climates.
In 1981, a WHO Study Group recommended MDT. MDT consists of 2 or 3 medicines: dapsone and rifampicin for all patients, with Clofazimine added for multi-bacillary disease. This latter combination kills the pathogen and cures the patient.
Since 1995 WHO has provided MDT free of cost to all leprosy patients in the world. Free MDT was initially funded by The Nippon Foundation, and since 2000 it is donated through an agreement with Novartis which recently committed to extend its donation to 2020. Elimination of leprosy as public health problem (defined as a registered prevalence of less than 1 case per 10 000 population) was achieved globally in 2000. More than 16 million leprosy patients have been treated with MDT over the past 20 years.
Nepal has achieved the elimination of leprosy as a public health problem in December 2009 and declared elimination in 2010. Department of Health Services acknowledged the achievement as one of the major success stories of the health sector in the past decades. Although significant progress has been made in reducing the disease burden at national level, sustaining the achievement & further reducing the disease burden through delivering quality leprosy services still remain as major challenges. After meeting the elimination target at national level, the national strategy was revised to “Sustain Quality Leprosy Services and Further Reduce the Disease Burden due to Leprosy in Nepal: 2011-2015″ based on the “Enhanced Global Strategy for Further Reducing the Disease Burden Due to Leprosy: 2011-2015″ and the updated national Operational Guideline is developed based upon WHO guideline. The main principles of leprosy control are based on early detection of new cases and timely complete treatment with multi drug therapy (MDT) through integrated health services.
Eradication of the disease worldwide is a realistic goal. However, those affected by the disease need not only a medical cure, but help in rebuilding their shattered lives. Since 1981 we know that over 14 million people have been treated with MDT and of these over 4 million have irreversible disability. Over 2 million people worldwide have visible disabilities caused by leprosy and 1,000s of people affected by leprosy will develop irreversible disability every year. Over 200,000 people worldwide are currently on treatment for leprosy but many more are affected but as yet undiagnosed.
Although the global numbers of new cases detected annually is decreasing significantly, there were still over 210,750 new cases found in 2015 of which the majority was found in India. Approximately 10% were children. Many of these people will already be severely disabled because their treatment came too late. It is therefore very important that the large numbers of people affected by leprosy but not yet found and diagnosed, receive treatment and assistance before severe disability occurs.
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