This phase of the project began in July 2017 and provides elderly disabled leprosy patients with quality, holistic residential care support in northern and western border regions of Thailand.
Due to past experiences of stigma, social rejection and dislocation from families, elderly people affected by leprosy can lack a social support network. Because of ongoing, and often worsening disability, elderly people affected by leprosy experience increasing immobility, dependency and lessening quality of life.
Social exclusion, limited education and limited mobility, can cause a lack awareness for these people their rights to access government benefits (e.g. disability pensions).
This project aims to provide housing and strengthen leprosy and disability services for these elderly people in northern and western border regions of Thailand.