For more than 110 years, American Leprosy Missions has worked to care for people suffering from leprosy in India. Today, your gifts help increase health and productivity in 128 villages in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by empowering 14,300 women in 1,330 self-help groups to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions in their communities, thus reducing the threat of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Your Support Transforms Lives By

  • Empowering women in self-help groups
  • Educating at-risk communities about health and hygiene
  • Providing accessible hand-washing stations and toilets
  • Protecting drinking water supplies
  • Training at-risk communities on personal protection measures against NTDs

Major Objectives and Activities

  • Improve WASH conditions and reduce NTDs by empowering women in self-help groups
    • Train community women on WASH, NTDs and human rights
    • Reach 26,800 households with information on safe water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Help groups leverage government support and funds for sanitation and healthcare
  • Improve health and hygiene in vulnerable and at-risk communities
    • Educate communities through street dramas and village events, and by printing and distributing health education materials
    • Install 10 hand-washing stations in schools
  • Increase access to safe drinking water and improve sanitation
    • Test water quality
    • Protect 10 key water sources from contamination by maintaining water supply infrastructure
    • Install 10 toilets in schools and 10 toilets in homes
  • Reduce vulnerability to NTDs
    • Educate 26,800 households on NTD prevention and treatment
    • Train frontline health workers to manage NTDs

FY 2019 Budget



As a result of improved WASH, 26,800 households will be protected from NTDs, improving their health and productivity, and contributing to a decline in new NTD cases.

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Projects and Partners

Ending NTDs through Women-Led WASH
Partner: Lepra Society, India

Country Facts

  • India has the highest number of people affected by leprosy in the world, accounting for 63% of new global cases in 2016
  • 36% of children under age five are underweight
  • More than 80% of Indians are Hindu
  • 264 million Indians live on less than $1.90 per day


Download India Country Profile pdf