The Leprosy Project serves 16 villages in this mountainous area of Sichuan. Click on the links below to see our areas of operations
Year of Establishment: 1958
Population: 25 in 13 households
Ethnicity: Predominantly Han with some Yi people
People Affected by Leprosy: 25 (18 with visible disabilities). Most of them are old people. Seven of them wear prosthesis. This is the highest ratio of prosthesis among all the project villages. The flat area and the fact that they do not have to work much to maintain their livelihood make it easier for the villagers to opt for prosthesis.
Economy: Meals are taken care of by the government. A cooking helper prepares meals for the villagers every day. To supplement their diet, the villagers collectively raised 10 pigs. The have 3 mu of land on which they grow some corn and vegetables. They sell some of them to get extra cash on top of the subsidy they receive from the government.
Geography: Yanian County lies in Panzhihua Municipality to the south of Liangshan Prefecture. The village home, situated right next to the highway to Panzhihua city center, is 12 km away from the county town. It is a 3-hour drive from Xichang through the new Xichang-Panzhihua highway, and is right by the Jin Sha River.
There are about 500 other PAL in the county.
Infrastructure: There is reliable supply of water and power. Villagers live in a 2-storey brick building with a well-stocked pharmacy, well equipped clinic and a huge courtyard. There is a new block with an activity room. Trenches were dug on the steep slop behind the building as a buffer to the landslides. In this coming year, our project will be sponsoring the renovation of the shower room and toilets, and the re-surfacing of the rugged path leading to the toilets.
Education: There is no student population and therefore no school in the village. Most of the villagers do not have children while others are adults living outside the village.