Monday, June 29, 2009
The reopened Acworth Leprosy Museum is worth a visit, just to see how history and society have changed attitudes towards patients
In the quiet lanes of Wadala is hidden a little-visited institution that’s almost a mirror to the attitude Indian society has had to leprosy, through the ages, the Acworth Leprosy Museum housed in one of the wards of the Acworth Municipal Hospital for Leprosy.
A joint venture of the Acworth Municipal Hospital and the Acworth Leprosy Hospital Research Society, substantially supported by The Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation and The Nippon Foundation, Japan, the museum offers a thought-provoking display of photographs and documents. Prathiba Kathe, the project coordinator at the museum, says: “Our aim is to inform the public about a disease that is still a serious problem in our country.” The museum is open for public viewing on weekdays between 9 in the morning and 3.30 pm.
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courtesy : The Indian Express - 29-06-09
Saturday, June 27, 2009
CAS Co-ordinator Mrs. Sarala Gavane led a batch of 41 students to Vimala Dermatological Centre, a leprosy/ TB project of IDF in North Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday (June 27). The IB Diploma Programme students have to undergo about 150 hours of social work in a year as per their curriculum and it is our privilege to have continued patronage of IDF for CAS programme. The students were curious to know about leprosy and it was a new experience for them to visit a leprosy home for the first time, Mrs. Sarala Gavane added.
Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of IDF inaugurated the programme by giving brief details of the workings of the Foundation followed by a scientific presentation on leprosy. A film on leprosy helped the students to clear their doubts on the disease. Leprosy is not hereditary, as a child borne to a leprosy patient may not have leprosy at the time of birth, Dr. Iyer said. To a query raised by one of the student whether leprosy is contagious, Dr. Iyer clarified by citing the example of the dedicated sisters and doctors treating the patients and a host of NGOs working for leprosy patients who are free from the disease. Dr. Iyer said leprosy is completely curable and treatment is given free of cost across the country. He also said that India has achieved leprosy elimination status and NGOs are now working on rehabilitation of patients.
The students made two groups and went round the male, female and children wards of Vimala Centre and they also had an insight of the out-patient-department where scores of people visit regularly and get treated. The students felt happy as they went around each ward interacting freely with the patients and greeted them with a smile.
"We could see the glimpse of happiness on the faces of each patient as we enquired about their well-being", Podar students, Ahmed, Sourabh and Harmit Singh, expressed. "It is a day of fulfillment for all of us and we feel proud to be a part of IDF. Through CAS programmes we will do our best to bring smile among the underprivileged" said Zeba, Anishka and Riddhi.
Dr. Sharad Nayampally and Mr. Sanjay S. Waghmare from IDF made arrangements for the programme.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Rakul & Aalok have been inducted as Student Social Ambassadors of IDF
Monday, June 22, 2009
IDF Karnataka Team presenting Joint Action magazine to Rev. Fr. George Kannanthanum, Director, Summanahalli Leprosy Project, Bangalore.
Monday, June 15, 2009
TB more likely to strike diabetics
"According to recent data from the World Health Organisation, diabetes accounts for 14.8% of pulmonary tuberculosis and 20.2% of smear positive tuberculosis. If this continues, diabetes could replace HIV-AIDS as the main reason for TB coming back into society. It could prove highly infectious, as is the case with swine flu today," said Dr Vijay Viswanathan, Managing Director, M V Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research Centre. Patients with active TB and type II diabetes mellitus are likely to have multi-drug resistant TB, he added.
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courtesy - The Times of India - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/TB-more-likely-to-strike-diabetics-says-experts-/articleshow/4656337.cms
Friday, June 12, 2009
Mr. Rajendra Pandit, Director, Raval International School, Mira Road, Dist. Thane supports IDF's health, education and rural development programme.
IDF carried out TB awareness programme in the school. The students of Raval International School participated the health awareness programme and resource mobilisation drive.
IDF thank Raval International School team for their kind and continued support.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Academic Year 2009-10 begins from 1st week of June.
Providing education to the underprivileged children through IDF's empowerment programmes/ classes and also sponsoring education for children of leprosy affected persons are on the prime agenda of IDF. Sponsorship of a child in rural set-up works out to Rs.4000/= per annum. IDF Sponsorship includes tuition fees, two uniform sets, books, and a mid-day meal. There are a lot of other facilities that are given to the children. We also have specific sponsorship where students in urban areas are sponsored which includes only fees.
Here is an opportunity to support health, education or development programmes of IDF. For those who missed to sponsor a child, here is a golden opportunity. Don’t miss it again !!
Those desirous to sponsor a child may send their donations in favour of Indian Development Foundation and mail it to L 10/ 3 & 4 Jal Ratan Deep, Bangur Nagar, Goregaon (W), Mumbai 400 104.