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Handa Rehabilitation and Welfare Association

Published Date: 20 February 2008

HANDA association supplies the service and offers opportunities to individuals affected by leprosy so that they can regain/maintain self-confidence and self-reliance.


The Handa Rehabilitation and Welfare Association, enables thosewho face the challenge of leprosy to live and produceas an 'urban tribe', restoring their links with society.They provide services and offeropportunities to individuals affected by leprosy so that they can regain/maintain self-confidence and self-reliance. Handa provides skills training and small loans for thosewho are able and willing to improve their economic situation through their own effort so as to improve their quality of life and to live productive lives with dignity in their communities.


While leprosy remains a major public health problem in 24 countries, China is considered to have eliminated leprosy as a public health problem (i.e., less than one active case per 100,000 individuals). There is, however, a traditional negative social image of leprosy, which makes them isolated from society. Thus, Handanot only provides services to aid recovery fromthe physical disease, but also opportunities to restore confidence of living and working. The members receive help but alsoare able tosurvive on their own and to contribute back to society.