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. Through direct interventions and in collaboration with local NGO partners it offers quality services for Leprosy and TB affected persons in 8 Indian states. DFIT is actively engaged with the Government in strengthening Leprosy and TB Control Programmes through activities like capacity building of stakeholders.
Over the last 60 years, Damien has impacted
1,00,000 Families- covered in TB diagnosis across the country
50,000 Rescued from Leprosy induced deformity
5,000- Deformity correction surgeries done to prevent permanent disability
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.
The requested aid for surgeries will benefit 60 patients to reduce disability and engage in their routine work.
Though Multi drug therapy can cures the ailment, the Grade - II stage of Leprosy would have already affected the nerves in the hands and feet. Reconstructive surgeries would be an early intervention to reduce disability and restore their quality of life, for those identified with nerve problems.
· 60 Reconstructive surgeries per year thus preventing permanent disability of those affected by Leprosy
· 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.