Early beginnings in Nigeria:
Between 1920 and 1960, through partnerships with mission agencies/ churches existing in Nigeria, TLMI provided financial and technical assistance to leprosy centres in Alushi (Nassarawa state), Numan and Garkida (Adamawa state), Ochadamu (Kogi state), Uzuakoli (Abia state) and Ekpene Obom (Akwa Ibom state) to help restore human dignity and improve quality of life for persons affected by leprosy. TLM continues to be involved in some of the centres above to date.
Invitation from Federal Government of Nigeria:
By the 1940s and 50s Nigeria was ahead of many countries in its leprosy control activities and was involved in pioneering the use of dapsone as a new drug for leprosy care. The program faced a major setback in the 1960s and 70s due to the impact of the Nigerian civil war.
However, in 1988 confronted by the increasing prevalence of tuberculosis and leprosy, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) launched the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) and invited four organizations including TLMI to assist Nigeria in the fight against tuberculosis and leprosy.
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