The main goal of LUV+ is to create income-generating projects in as many leprosy communities in sub-Saharan Africa as possible. Our plan is for every leprosy community to become more economically self-sufficient, less socially isolated and more psychologically self-confident.
It is an outrage that in the 21st century so many people still struggle to live with the consequences of this severe disease. Thankfully early interventions and the availability of modern medicines mean that leprosy now rarely leads to severe handicaps or disabilities, but there is a whole generation for whom these developments came too late.
Leprosy is one the main Neglected Tropical Diseases which are specifically mentioned as needing support in Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
LUV+ believes that those living with the crippling effects of this disease deserve economic assistance to create projects which can improve their daily lives and which in turn help to decrease the stigmatisation they still experience regularly.
- Chicken farming for meat
- Hen-rearing for egg production
- Building and stocking a small shop
- Installing and running a maize mill
LUV+ also offers agricultural support to each community – seeds of vegetables other than maize to encourage diversification, fertilisers, special tools for disabled people, treadle pumps for irrigation etc.