Leprosy

Aifo was born in 1961 as an organisation for helping the persons affected with leprosy. In 2018, AIFO is celebrating its 57 anniversary. Over the past decades, Aifo’s rehabilitation work with the leprosy-affected persons has been enlarged to focus on persons with different disabilities through the Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach. At the same time, its work for diagnosis and treatment of leprosy now is part of primary health care and community health approaches.

Leprosy continues to be a key area of work for Aifo and it continues to be part of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP).

Since early years of the 21st century, Aifo has been supporting the Leprosy Mailing List (LML) to promote exchange of information between persons working in the area of leprosy in different parts of the world.

You can check the following pages related to leprosy:

Leprosy Mailing List

LML is a moderated email list initiated by Dr Salvatore Noto in 2001. At present (January 2018) it counts about 550 members. It is managed jointly by an editorial team of four persons – Dr Pieter Schreuder, Dr Salvatore Noto, Dr Ben Naafs and Dr Sunil Deepak.

To receive LML messages

If you wish to receive LML messages and you want to share messages on LML, send an email to: editorlml(at)gmail.com (substitute “(at)” with @ in the email address). Subscription to the list is free.

General objective

The main objective of the LML is to share information on the disease Leprosy, its control & rehabilitation with e-mail and Internet users around the world.

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of LML are to –

  • divulge information about leprosy, its causes, burden, prevention and treatment;
  • share information about management of leprosy control activities and programmes;
  • share information about socio-cultural aspects of leprosy and the rehabilitation of patients with disabilities;
  • offer a distance learning tool in leprosy for health professionals;
  • create a forum to discuss the main issues on leprosy and its control activities and programmes.

LML Blog

All messages shared on LML are published automatically on the LML Blog. Therefore, you can also follow LML through the blog without subscribing to the mailing list. However, the Blog does not include any attached files circulated with the messages. The LML blog address is: http://leprosymailinglist.blogspot.com/

Old archives of LML

Some of the old archives of LML (2003-2013) are available from the old Aifo website. Sometimes, the old archives may not be visualised properly or may not open properly. We are not able to maintain that website and regret if you are unable to find the documents you are searching for. The old archives can be found at the following address: http://english.aifo.it/leprosy/mailing_list/index.htm

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Development Education

In Italy, Aifo organises activities of Development Education. These activities are organised through the different Aifo groups spread all over Italy.

Aifo is a grassroots organization with members spread all over Italy. In 2016, there were 43 official groups of AIFO with 701 AIFO members. Addresses of individual AIFO groups are available on its Italian website. Some of AIFO groups are formal organizations registered locally while others are informal organizations.

AIFO is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education as an organization competent for organising training on inter-cultural issues for school teachers. AIFO organises regular activities of development education for its group members, for school teachers and for general public.

Development Education activities in Italy are carried out by individual AIFO groups in their schools and communities with some support from AIFO head-office.

Some of the more significant activities in 2016 included the following: organisation of a Summer Camp, Study Visits for young people to Porto Nacional (Brazil), Project Ria-Culture supporting a community library in Korogocho (Nairobi, Kenya), and organization the March of Peace.

You can find more information about the Development Education activities of Aifo in its annual reports.

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Aifo Annual Monitoring Forms

All projects receiving funds and other support from Aifo are asked to complete the Annual Monitoring forms. The information collected from all the projects is complied annually for Aifo’s Annual Social Balance.

The monitoring forms serve to collect common minimum basic information from all projects and thus usually miss the more specific information. For this reason, apart from the monitoring forms, all projects are expected to provide descriptive reports, data and images to provide a more complete picture of their activities and their impact.

Aifo’s annual monitoring forms have been updated in December 2017. Therefore, all projects which received funds and other support from Aifo during 2017 are asked to download these new forms and not use the older forms. If you have any difficulties in downloading these new forms contact the Project Manager in Aifo office in Bologna.

The forms do not include B5 (administrative information), for which the old forms remain valid. Remember to send the completed forms to AIFO latest by 15 March.

Project Monitoring forms

B1 Form: For Projects involved in treatment of leprosy (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B2 Form: For Projects involved in prevention, care and rehabilitation of disabilities and other complications of leprosy (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B3 Form: For Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) and Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B4 Form: For Primary Health Care, General Health Care and Community Health projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B6 Form: For children Projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

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Project Reports Archive

Some reports of AIFO supported projects from past few years are available for download. All the files are in PDF format and all links open in a new window. All the reports are in the country languages – for example, the reports from Brazil are in Portuguese while reports from India are in English.

Reports from 2015-16

2014-15 Reports

Check Recent Reports from Aifo Projects

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Recent Project Reports

2016-2017 Reports from Projects

Some recent reports from AIFO supported projects are presented. The reports are subdivided according to the language (English & Portuguese). All reports are in PDF format and all links open in a new window.

Reports in English

PROJECTS IN CHINA

PROJECTS IN INDIA

Reports in Portuguese

PROJECTS REPORTS FROM BRAZIL

PROJECT REPORTS FROM GUINEA BISSAU

 

Check the archive of AIFO Project Reports

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Research Reports

Often, in community programmes supported by AIFO, there is a research component, especially participatory and emancipatory research. Some recent reports of significant research projects are presented. All the reports are in PDF format and all links open in a new window.

Emancipatory research in West Bank, Palestine

A CBID programme in West Bank focusing on women with disabilities, managed by Italian NGO “Educaid”, was carried out in 2014-16. Aifo was involved in this project for carrying out a specific component related to emancipatory research. Reports of this research are provided here:

Community Mental Health Network in China

The second phase of a community mental health network programme was carried out in four provinces of China during 2014-16. Following reports of this project are provided:

Impact of ten years of a Community-based Rehabilitation programme in Mandya district, India

A research on the Impact of ten years of a CBR programme covering Mandya district in south Karnataka in India was carried out in 2009-10 in collaboration with University of Florence (Italy) and London school of Child Health (UK). A publication presenting the main results of this research is available for download.

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Aifo Projects in Developing countries

AIFO supports projects and programmes in developing countries in collaboration with a wide variety of partners including – Governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Organisations of Disabled Persons (DPOs) in two main areas:

  • Programmes dealing with Community health and with fight against leprosy and rehabilitation of persons affected with leprosy
  • Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) programmes dealing with vulnerable population groups with a special focus on different groups of persons with disabilities, especially in the areas of health, rehabilitation and empowerment.

The fight against leprosy, prevention of disabilities due to leprosy and medical and socioeconomic rehabilitation of persons affected with leprosy is at the centre of AIFO’s work. Over the past decade, AIFO has been promoting integration of all leprosy related activities in primary health care, Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) and CBID, specifically by promoting human rights and community based participatory approaches in which communities and local organizations play a key role.

In 2016, AIFO supported projects in 10 countries – Brazil, China, Comores islands, Guinea Bissau, India, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Palestine and Nicaragua. In three countries (Brazil, India and Mongolia), Aifo has special partner-organisations, which are part of its international network and which are represented in its General Assembly.

For more information about AIFO Projects, you can look at the following:

Aifo supported Projects can download the annual monitoring forms, which should be sent to Aifo head-office latest by 15 March of each year.

Finally, you can learn more about the persons benefiting from Aifo projects in the Aifo Annual Reports.

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Aifo Projects

AIFO supports projects and programmes in developing countries in collaboration with a wide variety of partners including – Governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Organisations of Disabled Persons (DPOs) in two main areas:

  • Programmes dealing with Community health and with fight against leprosy and rehabilitation of persons affected with leprosy
  • Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) programmes dealing with vulnerable population groups with a special focus on different groups of persons with disabilities, especially in the areas of health, rehabilitation and empowerment.

 

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Events & Appointments

On the last Sunday of January, every year, Aifo and its groups in Italy together with its international partners, celebrate the World Leprosy Day (WLD). WLD was estbalished by Raoul Follereau in 1954. Aifo activities related to the WLD already start in December, linked with the World Disability Day on 3 December, and continue till February.

The next WLD will be celebrated on Sunday 28 January 2018.

Preparatory activities of WLD included a private audience of the Aifo groups and representatives with the Holy Pope in Vatican city, held on 6 December 2017.

A key activity for the WLD is the sale of “honey of solidarity” by the AIFO volunteers in around one hundred city squares by Aifo volunteers to raise the funds for Aifo’s activities. This is also an opportunity to raise awareness among the general public about the different themes of Aifo’s work inspired by the ideals of Raoul Follereau such as human dignity, equality of people, access to human rights and universal brotherhood.

Different groups of AIFO all over Italy organise other local activities in their own cities for fund-raising and awareness building, such as cultural programmes, meetings in schools and exhibitions.