The Lepers Aid Committee (LAC), chaired by Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell, S.V.D, has for about 30 years championed the plight of cured lepers in Ghana.
It has led to the creation of many leprosy units in the country including one at Weija in the Greater Accra Region, Ho in the Volta Region and Nkanchina near Kpandai in the Northern Region.
The committee in 2016, started the construction of a Leprosy Unit at Kokofu in the Ashanti Region at the cost of GH¢548,067.00
In the same year, it constructed a 40-bedroom apartment for cured lepers in Nkanchina in the Kpandai District in the Volta Region at a cost of GH¢1,765,099.66.
The committee, which is a self- sacrificing, voluntary and humanitarian group of young and altruistic individuals, who solicit funds to support cured and less privileged lepers in Ghana. The committee also caters for the wellbeing, food, clothing, medical, and domestic bills of cured lepers in Ghana.
It resorts to several ways of raising funds to supplement their activities and projects. Among such mechanisms include annual Christmas Choral Concert, soliciting funds from shoppers at the Accra mall, Donations from individuals and corporate institutions and occasional donations from the public at some selected leprosaria.
Speaking in an interview with Angelus News, the coordinator of the committee, Mr. Patrick Benjamin Annan, has called on all to support the work of the committee, especially as we gradually enter the Christmas season. No contribution is too small.
According to the committee, although treatment and support towards lepers have been scaled up over the last few years, a lot more could be done to improve their living conditions.
Leprosy is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It primarily affects the nerves of the extremities, the skin, the lining of the nose, and the upper respiratory tract. Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease.
A member of the legal aid committee Barbara Humphrey Ackumey said Ghanaians have been supportive of lepers so far.
“ In Cape Coast we have about 100 people suffering from leprosy, 125 in Ho, 100 in the North, 100 at Kokofu and more than 100 in Upper West. But conditions have been better, we have moved from days when it was just coins to support them. Now they are get GHC1 feeding fee on daily basis and it’s good but it could be better,” she said.
The committee can be reached through the offices of the Christ the King Catholic Church, Accra.