Greetings from STEPS
We have started this program from December 2011 and providing medicines and health checkups for 20 Filariasis patients with the funds rose up to know. Kindly consider donating again to continue this program and also tell about this to your friends.
Keeping check of Filariasis
Mrs.K. Ramanamma aged 55 yrs living in Kondamitta slum, Srikalahasti municipality, India. She is widow and her husband Mr. Sivaiah died 10 years back. She is very poor and depends on her daily earnings.
She is suffering with Filariasis since 20 years. Her both legs were affected with Filariasis. Her Right leg affected since 20 years and Left leg since 1 year. Last month when she got abscess in leg, she has taken treatment at Ruya hospital, Tirupati.
Because her both legs are affected she could not able to attend her daily work. With the treatment and awareness provided by STEPS NGO with the support of kind contributions of Donors through GlobalGiving, her health condition improved. Now she could able to attend her daily work and also earning her lively hood.
Your support is helping us to provide treatment for Filariasis patients at Srikalahasti. During the reporting period (January-March 2013), a total of 20 patients are getting the treatment from the last one year.
Thanks to donors like you, we are providing medical support to Filariasis patients. Now many of the patients can do their work without difficulty. We hope that we could bring down spreading of filariasis. We are thankful for believing continued support of STEPS vision to provide health and our work to care for people who are living in poverty, suffering with the disease. Please feel free to email me personally if you have any questions or ideas concerning our work.
We invite you to take a tour of our program area and meet some Lymphatic Filariasis patients who have benefited through this support. We are always proud to show off our facility and have our supporters meet the patients, we serve with the help of your generosity.
Keeping check of Filariasis
V. Krishnaiah aged 60 years living in Kummari Street slum of Srikalahasti. He is suffering with Filariasis since 30 years. He is poor, depends on making clay pots for his lively hood and cannot afford treatment. The intensity of disease is more and he could not able to move freely and not able to attend his work. With difficulty he could able to walk.
In his note, He states "STEPS have been providing treatment and medicines since one year. Now he is not getting fever. Paramedical staff visiting his house regularly and monitoring his treatment and health condition. By doing the exercise regularly he can move freely and attending his regular duties. He said that he would not have been able to get this without the support of Donors through Globalgiving.
Dr.Prameelamma Medical Director said that all the 20 Filariasis patients have been in much better health since STEPS has taking care of them with a regular supply of medicines. We are grateful for the funding by donors to continue treatment and medicines.
SEASONS’S GREETINGS AND WISH YOU A HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2013
Thank you for your support to provide medical services to the poor LF patients during the year 2012. We would like to convey our thanks to all our donors for their continuing support and faith in our work.
We have started this program from December 2011 and providing medicines and health checkups for 20 Filariasis patients. With the funds rose up to know, we can provide medicines to LF patients for one more month. Kindly consider donating again to continue this program at this festivity and also tell about this to your friends.
We feel happy to give more updates on the project.
Transmission control is important to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and this is achieved by mass annual drug administration of Diethyl carbamazine Citrate (DEC) by the STEPS Health Centre staff to entire communities living in slums who are at risk of infection. With this reduction of transmission of Lymphatic Filariasis new infections are prevented and protecting future generations from the disease.
Providing clinical checkups once in a month in the Health Centre. The Para medical staff during field visits advising chronic elephantiasis Patients to maintain hygiene and take necessary precautions to prevent secondary infection and aggravation of the disease condition. Educating and counselling the patients with Simple measures undertaken. They are 1.Washing the affected parts twice daily with soap and clean, cool water, and drying carefully 2.Raising the affected limb at night 3.Exercising the limb regularly 4.Keeping the nails and spaces between the toes clean 5. Wearing comfortable shoes 6.Using medicated creams or antibiotics to treat small wounds or abrasions.
Motivated by the clinical services provided by STEPS, many LF patients in this area requested us to enrol them in the program. For more number of beneficiaries, more funds are required. We would be able to help them only if we can raise enough funds. This project we have posted on the GlobalGiving Website. If required funds are raised, we will be able to help those deserving patients and they will be provided medicines and treatment. We strongly hope that your support is very crucial and you would continue showing the support in the days to come as well. We will be soon in touch with updates on the project and the beneficiaries.
Many thanks once again for all your support.
With warm regards
Dr.Mrs. Pedamalli Prameelamma
Greetings from STEPS NGO
We are thankful to you for your kind support in our work. Your valuable donations have been crucial in helping poor Filariasis patients living in slums of Srikalahasti town in Andhra Pradesh, India.
I will start this report by explaining about Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Disease. India accounts for over one-third of the world’s burden of Lymphatic Filariasis. An estimated total of 120 million people are infected globally with LF, India alone contributes to about 40% of the global Filariasis disease burden. It is a major public health problem in India. About 500 people are suffering with Filariasis in Srikalahasti town and surrounding places in Andhra Pradesh state, India.
Disease: Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as Elephantiasis (Filaria) is almost entirely a disease of poor community. The slum dwellers with inadequate housing and no basic sanitation are at highest risk of infection. Rural-urban migration and uncontrolled urbanization resulting in crowded living conditions and inadequate water and sanitation facilities favour the spread of infection. Indirect economic losses result from social/physical confinement of people with large hydroceles and advanced elephantiasis.
Cause and Transmission: Lymphatic Filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by thin, thread-like filarial worms transmitted to humans by the bite of mosquitoes. The adult worms lie deep in the lymph vessels of the scrotum, groin, armpit and around the breasts where they may live for 4-6 years. These worms grow and mature in the lymph vessels and produce millions of baby worms called microfilaria (mf) develop into infective larvae in 7 - 21 days. Infection occurs when filarial parasites are transmitted to humans through mosquitoes. When a mosquito with infective stage larvae bites a person, the parasites are deposited on the person's skin from where they enter the body. The larvae then migrate to the lymphatic vessels where they develop into adult worms forming 'nests' in the human lymphatic system. Infection is usually acquired in childhood, but the painful and profoundly disfiguring visible manifestations of the disease occur later in life cause temporary disability and leads to permanent disability.
Symptoms: When lymphatic Filariasis develops into chronic conditions, it leads to lymphoedema (tissue swelling) or elephantiasis (skin/tissue thickening) of limbs and hydrocele (fluid accumulation). Involvement of breasts and genital organs is common. Such body deformities lead to social stigma, as well as financial hardship from loss of income and increased medical expenses.
Treatment and Impact
Recognizing the physical suffering, gross disfigurement and consequent socioeconomic impact due to LF, efforts are being taken to teach patients and their families about skin care and simple measures of hygiene. 20 patients who are poor were identified in the slums of Srikalahasti municipality and providing treatment every month.
At present 3 Health Workers and 1 medical Officer are involved in providing treatment and awareness services to LF patients. We have developed Individual Recording Form and Individual Follow-up Form. In Individual Recording Form the LF sufferer’s name, sex, age, address and Health Worker’s name will be recorded. In this form the Health Worker will record the body part which is attacked with Filariasis and intensity of the disease. In Individual Follow-up Form each LF sufferer will be followed up monthly to find out any acute attack have occurred and how many have occurred in a month, there have been any wounds, skin damage or swelling, there have been an improvement in condition.
STEPS NGO conducted medical camps for Filariasis patients on 25-4-12, 25-5-12 and 27-6-12. During these camps medicines were distributed to 20 Filariasis patients and their health checkups conducted by Dr.P.Prameelamma. All these patients are taking medicines and doing exercises regularly. The Health Workers are visiting the houses of patients once in 15 days and monitoring their health status.
Thanking you for your support.
With kind regards,
Dr Pedamalli Prameelamma
Failariasis patients Treatment and Awarenessin in the slums of Srikalahasti Municipality, Chittoor-district, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
On 25th February 2012, Dr.P.Prameelamma President STEPS NGO distributed medicines to FILARIASIS patients in STEPS Urban Health Centre. All the 20 patients have taken medicines. During this occasion Dr.Prameelamma explained about the nutritive food they have to take and asked their feedback after the treatment.
Mr.P. Ramanaiah said that after taking medicines there is slight decrease in the bulging in legs and their appetite have improved.
Mrs. Munilakshmi said that after taking medicines she is not getting fever frequently but she is having pain in legs.
Dr Prameelamma clarifying their doubts advised them to use warm water for washing their affected parts, do exercises regularly and keep pillow under their legs while sleeping.
Mr.K.Sudhakar Reddy Executive Director demonstrated how to do exercises and make the Failariasis patients to repeat those exercises.
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