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Neglected Tropical Diseases
occur in poor countries. Although they are easily curable, one in five of the world's population is a victim.
People with Disabilities
are severely disadvantaged in poor countries. Their chances of a normal life are slim.
are cut off from the rest of the world. Hospitals are difficult to reach, there is no access to doctors, the hygiene is inadequate.
FAIRMED initiated the ‘Vaiharai’ project in June 2022 under an agreement signed with the Chief Secretary of the Northern Province. The First Phase of the project will continue until the end of 2026 and the project is being implemented in the Districts of Jaffna and Kilinochchi currently.
With a goal to improve health and well-being, involving everyone in targeted communities of the Northern province. The project is partnered with the Health Department, District, and Divisional Secretaries, and the University of Jaffna, to strengthen the local health system for the prevention and control of NTDs as well as enhance the quality of services for NTDs and the targeted vulnerable communities through intersectoral collaborations and partnerships.
The Vaiharai project takes a two-pronged approach where activities are implemented with the support of the Health and the Non-health sectors.
The health sector partnership is through strengthening the health system and the non-health partnership is with the District and the Divisional Secretariats.
Through the non-health sector, the main areas of concern are the empowering of vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities and women-headed families.
In the span of 5 years (2017 - 2021), FAIRMED implemented activities for the prevention and control of leprosy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Anti Leprosy Campaign (ALC), and the Regional Directorate of Health Services (RDHS), in Polonnaruwa District.
During our journey in strengthening the health system, in Polonnaruwa, helped us in understanding the need for a Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme for Persons with Disabilities.
Following the completion of the project by end of 2021, the CBR project ‘Divisarana’ continued with a new facelift. Currently, the project is being implemented in Thamankaduwa, Hingurakgoda, Lankapura, and Welikanda Divisional Secretary areas.
Eye Clinic at Samagipuram, Polonnaruwa
The community in Samagipuram, Polonnaruwa, is one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the district. Also, following a screening conducted in partnership with the health authorities, it was found that many people had visual defects. With these analytics, FAIRMED Sri Lanka took the initiative to go on a "Mission on Vision".
Approximately, 110 community members were screened, 54 were provided with reading glasses and 23 were detected with cataracts, at the eye camp conducted on the 22nd January 2023.
FAIRMED Sri Lanka was supported in this activity by Dr. Asela Abeydeera.
Awareness Programme - Wekande Road
An awareness programme on leprosy was conducted for the residents of Wekande Road belonging to the D3 MOH office of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) on the 20th of November 2021. The programme was conducted by the Public Health Inspector for Leprosy of the CMC along with the FAIRMED Project Officer in the CMC Office.
Awareness Programme - Stafford International School
An awareness programme on leprosy was conducted for the teachers of Stafford International School belonging to the D3 MOH office of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) on the 17th of November 2021. The programme was conducted by the Public Health Inspector for Leprosy of the CMC along with the FAIRMED Project Officer in the CMC.