Transforming communities: The Leprosy Mission in Mozambique works in close cooperation with the Health Department in support of the Leprosy Control project in the province of Cabo Delgado. There are also strong links with community partners, including community volunteers and self-care groups. People affected by leprosy and their communities are best-placed to resolve many of their own problems. The Community Value Chain project works to give communities the tools and skills to do this. Pray that this will contribute to transformation in those communities.
End discrimination against people affected by leprosy: For many years The Leprosy Mission have prayed for an end to discrimination against people affected by leprosy. It is encouraged by the success of work in India through the efforts of various teams to repeal over 100 outdated laws. Give thanks for the amendment to a law from 1949, preventing people affected by leprosy from attending school and college, or even taking out library books! Continue to pray that all remaining laws will be repealed so that people affected by leprosy can enjoy the same rights as everyone else.
Papua New Guinea
National Leprosy Elimination Program: The Leprosy Mission Papua New Guinea’s (TLM PNG) role is to support the Government’s National Leprosy Elimination Program to ensure people affected by leprosy are detected & treated with available & accessible leprosy treatment. There continues to be approximately 500 new cases of leprosy found each year in PNG, & many others are disabled by the disease. TLM PNG has a five-year Sustainable Livelihood Development project which helps individuals, communities & households affected by leprosy & disability to develop & implement improved & sustainable incomes. This is the third year of the project which has had considerable growth. Pray for the people affected by leprosy & disability who live in the 24 targeted leprosy-affected communities, as they start to engage in project activities.
Farming school earning opportunities: 59-year-old Armando lives in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Tragedy struck his family when disease took the lives of his wife and three of his children, leaving Armando consumed by grief. At the same time he was diagnosed with leprosy. However, Armando was offered a place at a ‘farming school’ and is now able to earn an income by growing cassava, pigeon peas, and peanuts. Pray that more people in Mozambique will be helped through this project that works to improve the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable people.