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The long term goal of the project is to enable PAL and their families to improve their physical health and livelihood in the project leprosy villages, and attaining gradual social integration. To attain this goal, five objectives are drawn up as follows: Physical Rehabilitation – to reduce disabilities among PAL so as to increase their physical mobility and hence their ability to take care of their daily life. Hygiene & Sanitation Improvement – to create a living environment conducive to the physical rehabilitation of PAL and general health in the village Live Improvement – to increase the annual household income of PAL so that they can gradually life themselves out of poverty and improve their life with their own means. Social and psychological rehabilitation – to facilitate public acceptance of PAL and their families by increasing the self-confidence and capacity of PAL, and to increase the understanding and awareness of general public towards leprosy villages and the PAL. Education Programme – to break the chain of poverty in the third generation of PAL families by improving the quality of education for the children through upgrading the learning aids in the village schools, and supporting all eligible children from 'very poor families' to study outside the village.

Overcome Stigma

Not only do we support the PAL themselves, but their families who care for them, as the whole family suffers from the stigma. Our target is to improve their living conditions by providing them with health, livelihood and dignity via effective long term self help. Reducing stigma is our prime task to promote social inclusion. It is also important for early treatment and prevention of disabilities of new patients who are reluctant to come forward because of leprosy related stigma. To facilitate public acceptance of the PAL families, the Social and Psychological Rehabilitation Programme is launched. (,,,,,,) Self-help programme should also be induced to the villagers by forming self-help group. This is to encourage the PAL to pursue some development agendas for the benefit of their own communities, such as micro economic activities. This is the first step to regain their own dignity and step out of their villages. We call people affected by leprosy, PAL, instead of leper, as the World Health Organisation recommended banning the word “leper” some thirty years ago because of the stigma attached to it. Journalists and reporters are urged not to use any discriminative terminology. acts about our project villages.