Chittagong Hill Tracts Project

Leprosy and its consequences are major issues in the remote and severely under developed Hill Tracts, as the region has the highest prevalence rates of the disease in the country. The Chittagong Hill Tracts Project is helping to:

  • Reduce the prevalence of leprosy.
  • Ensure leprosy-affected families have access to vital health services.
  • Teach leprosy-affected people and families about self-care.
  • Educate communities about the causes and consequences of leprosy.
  • Lift leprosy-affected people and their families out of poverty.
  • Increase skill levels and build confidence so that local communities can help themselves.

Gulchogi Chakma's Story

Gulchogi is 40 years old. She lives in Panchari Upazila village in the Khangrachari District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The village doctor, who had been trained to recognise the symptoms of leprosy as part of the Hill Tracts project, accompanied Gulchogi to the local Leprosy Mission clinic where she was diagnosed with leprosy. The disease was still in its early stages, and after taking regular multi-drug therapy Gulchogi was cured. Not long afterwards, a Leprosy Control and Development Assistant visited her to check that all was well. He was astonished to find that she had nowhere to live. He reported back to the project staff about her situation and they decided to build a house for her with help from the local community.

Gulchogi and her family

"The Leprosy Mission saved my life. If they did not help me I would have died. I pray to God for the Leprosy Mission and its staff. I have no big dreams in my life. I only want to live and eat three meals a day. I am very grateful to the Leprosy Mission for my house."