Founded in 1997, IDEA India plays an important role in supporting the efforts of people affected by leprosy to rebuild their lives and overcome stigma. Among its activities, it offers educational assistance to children disadvantaged by leprosy and socio-economic support for persons affected by the disease.
A study published earlier this year by IDEA India looks at the impact of these two programs on 300 children and 115 self-employed adults selected for survey. For the purposes of the study, impact is defined in terms of jobs secured, improvement in living standards, reduction in social stigma and acceptance by society.
Showing the importance of education to securing employment, of 124 children who had already completed their schooling out of the 300 surveyed, only eight had yet to find a job. The study also examines the impact of such factors as caste, disability, and gender on outcomes, noting that women face more problems than men.
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