Jayanthi Mobile Clinic
Although incidence of Hanson’s disease (Leprosy) in India came down significantly during the last two decades of the twentieth century, this trend has not continued during the 21st century with the number of new cases detected each year occurring at just over 1 per 10,000 – about 135,500 in 2017, and alarmingly 50% of these were in an advanced stage. Apart from these new cases, there are many older cases with irreversible nerve damage leading to significant and permanent disability, all of which need continuing treatment and care.
The Mobile Street Clinic operates three times a week in different locations in Hyderabad–Secunderabad, providing medicines, dressings and treatment for about 250 patients. This vital work, as well as improving the quality of life for the sufferers, ensures that those who may not otherwise continue in treatment, are supplied regular medication and therefore do not transmit the disease to others.
On December 19th, 2019 there was a “Get-Together” in Thrimulgherry, Secunderabad of all the patients and others interested, and all enjoyed performances of songs and drama that their children studying in Nithsdale School, performed for them. Each patient also received a blanket, new clothes, and a tasty meal. We are grateful to all our volunteers who made the event possible, and to our donors who funded it, and the regular Street Clinic costs.
We also operate the Jayanthi Rehabilitation Centre which provides housing, care and rehabilitation for sufferers of Hanson’s disease.