In a bid to uplift the lives of leprosy patients and their families in Delhi NCR, the Rotary Club of Delhi South (RCDS) has installed an on-grid solar power plant at the Mother Teresa Home in Tahirpur, Delhi. Partnering with Lepra and Assets Care and Reconstruction Enterprise Ltd (ACRE), RCDS aims to provide a sustainable source of energy for patients, improving their quality of life. The project was inaugurated by Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, who also distributed tricycles to the patients.
Despite being a completely curable disease, leprosy remains one of the most underreported and misunderstood diseases globally. In India alone, 54% of the 1,27,558 new cases of leprosy detected globally in 2020-21 were recorded. To dispel the stigma surrounding the disease and improve medical care, the Rotary Club, along with its partners, uses a multi-pronged approach. The Leprosy Control Project aims to create awareness, train healthcare workers, actively find cases, provide treatment and palliative care to patients, and rehabilitate and reintegrate them into society.
In addition to the solar power plant, RCDS has also donated relief aid and tricycles to leprosy patients to improve their quality of life. The tricycles will help patients move around more easily and regain their independence.
With this green initiative, RCDS is not only empowering leprosy patients with a sustainable source of energy but also making significant progress towards making India a leprosy-free nation.