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dc.contributor.authorBowers, Roberten_US
dc.contributor.authorSingh, Surenen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuipers, Pimen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:42:21Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:42:21Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.issn03057518en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/66471
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: The Millennium Development Goals have provided much needed attention to extreme poverty reduction. However, people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by poverty and in some countries, even the goal of US$1 per day is far out of reach. For people with leprosy-related disability living in ultrapoverty (on less than 50 cents a day), many mainstream poverty reduction strategies are inaccessible and inappropriate. Method: A project in north-west Bangladesh developed a more contextually meaningful definition of ultra-poverty according to nutrition energy intake. A total of 2372 people with leprosy-related disability were surveyed. Of those, 1285 individuals fell below the ultra-poverty line. Individualised interventions were implemented over an extended period of time, comprised of targeted practical assistance, enhancing community links, advocacy for entitlements, and further linking with other initiatives. Results: Follow-up data available for 856 individuals showed an average increase in per capita income of 83%. Personal contribution to the family income increased by 65%. There was a 51% increase in families having access to a latrine. Finally families reported eating 30% more meals per day, up from an average of two meals per day. Conclusions: The initiative sought to address poverty in a wide variety of ways, using minimal inputs. Over several years, the results indicate a significant change in the economic situation of individuals with leprosy related disabilities. Other organisations are encouraged to duplicate the intervention and share their results.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherBritish Leprosy Relief Association (LEPRA)en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.lepra.org.uk/leprosy-reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom141en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto148en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLeprosy Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume85en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial Work not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160799en_US
dc.titleResponding to the challenge of leprosy-related disability and ultra-povertyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Human Services and Social Worken_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2014 British Leprosy Relief Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
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