Dear Friends and Supporters,
We all are aware that our country is threatened with the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) epidemic, which has already been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, unfortunately, many precious lives have been lost in different parts of the world including India and the number is increasing day by day. Hence, the Government of India has declared a curfew (lockdown) till 3rd May, 2020 so that social distancing besides other measures can be implemented for containment of COVID-19 Epidemic in the country.
Damien Foundation besides medical rehabilitation supports social rehabilitation of persons affected by Leprosy and TB. It is observed that there are many poor persons affected by leprosy whose livelihood depends on begging, they are now confined at home due to the lockdown, who are struggling to have a square meal per day. The leprosy patients living in the leprosy colonies which are almost isolated from the other community living are mostly the victims of the corona lockdown period. Secondly the poor TB patients who are under treatment for drug resistant TB have already lost their livelihood and further their family members who are the soul bread winners have also lost their livelihood and hence not able to support the family members suffering from TB patient at their home to continue their TB treatment. The nutrition support is necessary for the TB patients to adhere the treatment completion.
In this grim situation, we should extend all possible help to the people of our country to tide over this calamity and rebuild their lives especially the poor persons affected by leprosy and TB. Damien Foundation since 1955 has always been live to meet the challenges of the poor persons affected by leprosy and TB especially during the natural or national calamity. As a nation we have supported earlier many natural calamities and disasters caused due to earthquake, floods and other natural calamities.
We request you to come forward and support Damien Foundation towards food grain and other basic needs of the poor persons affected by leprosy and TB during this lockdown period.