Help for Puri
The project was implemented between 15 June and 31 October 2012 in Puri (region Orissa) in India. The coordinator of the project was the Foundation of Humanitarian Aid "Redemptoris Missio", and the local partner (host organisation) was Karunalaya Leprosy Care Centre. As part of the project, two volunteers travelled to India, and stayed there from 1 July to 2 October 2012.
The project aimed at providing health care for the residents of the leper colony (approximately 600 people), and providing health care to about 600 children who study in the school in the colony.
During the project, volunteers received an average of 50 patients a day, changed their dressings and treated inflammations, and helped approximately 10 patients daily with other ailments. They also took care of an average of 20 patients staying in the hospital of the colony. The volunteers tested all the children living in the colony (approx. 130) and in its boarding house, for the presence of parasites, and applied appropriate treatment. Additionally, the children were tested for leprosy.
The volunteers maintained the medical documentation of all the patients and the examined children, and updated a presence book of the patients who required treatment. At the colony’s school the volunteers held an educational activity attended by 65 children. Moreover, the adult patients were educated about the hygiene of the leprosy lesions.
In addition, as part of an educational initiative undertaken by the volunteers after their return, 5,000 copies of an informational bulletin were published that described the volunteers’ actions. The bulletin was then sent to several schools in Poznań and the Poznań district.