Secretary, Damien Foundation India Trust, 14, Venugopal Avenue, Spurtank Road, Chetpet, Chennai - 600 031.
Damien Foundation India Trust (DFIT) is a charitable Non-Governmental Organization working for Leprosy and TB Control Activities in India and is supported by Damien Foundation Belgium. It was started in the year 1955 in Polambakkam village in South India, located in Kanchipuram district. Later in 1996, DFIT got involved in Tuberculosis control mission reaching out to the deserving population in eight states across India.
Working among the 112,159,849 Indians across 8 states, Damien Foundation India Trust (DFIT) is striving to end Leprosy & Tuberculosis for the past 60 years through its various partnership with a wide range of stakeholders such as NGOs, Government, Individual Donors, Corporate Donors and Medical Institututions.
Every single day, 500 people are diagnosed with Leprosy and 5000 with Tuberculosis.
Damien Foundation India responds to this challenge through its successful and holistic 6S intervention model: Surgical Intervention, Self- care training, Special Diet Administration, Sustainable Livelihood provision, Safe shelter constructions and Social Integration initiatives,
Year after Year, for Over the last 60 years!, Damien Foundation India has reached out to
1,00,000 Families through TB diagnosis and intervention
50,000 persons rescued from Leprosy induced deformity
3.000- Leprosy and TB affected families provided with support for generating regular income.
Hundreds of Homes- constructed or renovated for the poorest among Leprosy or TB affected.
Your donations will help benefit 60 persons affected by Leprosy to undergo Reconstructive Surgery (RCS) to correct deformity at early stages of Leprosy (Grade - II) and prevention of permanent Disability.
Leprosy when diagnosed as a Grade- II disability normally affects the nerves of the eyes, hands and feet resulting in inability to close the eyelids, clawing of hand and feet. The DFIT's Reconstructive Surgeries, along with Phyisotherapy coupled with Multi Drug Therapy (Standard recommended treatment) will help prevent them from becoming Permanently Disabled.
A contribution of Rs. 36, 000 will help DFIT with early intervention to reduce disability and restore the quality of life of one person affected by Leprosy.
· 60 Reconstructive surgeries per year
· PHYSICAL AND ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE: Uncorrected physical deformity leads to permanent disability, making them partially or completely dependent - physically and economically. The reconstructive surgeries would be an early intervention that would prevent or reduce the extent of disability thereby enabling the beneficiaries to integrate into the society with dignity and self-independence.
· SOCIAL AND RELATIONAL INTEGRATION: When diagnosed with Leprosy, Children are compelled to drop out of school and women often face rejection from their relatives or spouses if married. Through early diagnosis, treatment and surgeries coupled with post-operative care and physiotherapy, children and women will be able to attend school or perform regular family obligations.