’FAIRMED India’ – financed increasingly through Indian donations
The FAIRMED programme for the elimination of leprosy in India is on its way to self-sufficiency. With the founding of ‘FAIRMED India’, the project aims to finance itself to a greater extent through donations from within India.
FAIRMED has been involved in the fight against leprosy in India for 57 years. Despite great successes, India still has highest number of leprosy cases of any country. However, India also has a growing middle class that appears more prepared to become socially engaged. Calls for donations for leprosy projects in India, for example, have had encouraging results. “Around half of the FAIRMED projects in India are now financed by funds donated from within India,” says FAIRMED Director, René Stäheli,
The eventual goal of the FAIRMED programme for the elimination of leprosy is to finance itself entirely with Indian funding. On Friday May 19, the trust ‘FAIRMED India’ was founded in Chennai to allow such funding to be collected also by an Indian organisation.