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Leprosy is notorious as a stigmatized disease. For people affected, the social consequences are often even more important than the disabilities.

The loss of former identity, status and self-​esteem, poor mental health and different agrees of social exclusion leads to profound disempowerment and to people being voiceless when it comes to claiming facilities they have a right to receive or access.

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Photography: Sasja van Vechgel /​NLR

Raising awareness of rights has a powerful empowering effect

In the SARI project in Indonesia, supported by NLR and partners, raising awareness of human rights and counselling were woven together. The results are very positive. Click here to read more about the SARI project.

Advocacy and lobby for inclusion and human rights

NLR participates in and/​or closely works together with other organizations to advocate for the rights and needs of people with disabilities living in poverty. Examples are:

  • DCDD (Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development)
  • NNN (Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network)
  • ILEP (International Federation of Anti-​Leprosy Associations)
  • DCID (Journal for Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development)
  • IDDC (International Disability and Development Consortium)

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