TECHansen is an initiative of the Alliance Against Leprosy to improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities caused by Hansen’s Disease. Conceived by occupational therapist Dr. Susilene Nardi, who is also an ambassador for the initiative, says that TECHansen donates assistive technology materials, such as thumb abductors, slings, and fasteners, to patients all over Brazil. The request must be made by the health professionals who monitor the cases.
The pilot phase of the action began in August 2021 with a focus on two states, São Paulo and Paraná, and a stock of 600 items. In less than a month, half of the material had been donated and, in August of the same year, the initiative was rolled out to across Brazil. In 2022, the Alliance Against Leprosy received an honorable mention from the Ministries of Health and the Pan American Health Organization for the results achieved with TECHansen.
Dr. Susilene Nardi / Occupational Therapist - TECHansen Action Ambassador
What is the aim of the TECHansen action?
Before being diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease, patients have around 4.5 consultations in the private health network and up to 2.5 in the public network. This pilgrimage favors the appearance of physical deformities. SINAN data shows that five out of every ten people with Hansen’s Disease suffer some degree of physical, functional, or visible disability. The sequelae caused by the disease make it difficult to carry out even the simplest day-to-day activities.
With the TECHansen Action, the Alliance Against Leprosy Institute aims to donate materials, equipment and assistive technology devices to patients who have physical disabilities or alterations caused by Hansen’s Disease in the eyes, nose, hands, and feet.
Dr. Laila de Laguiche / Dermatologist - President of AAL
Materials/devices available for donation
How do I order the materials/devices?
Partners and donors
People interested in donating the materials described above can send them to the following address:
Alliance Against Leprosy – A/C Dra. Susilene Nardi
Rua Pascoal Bevilacqua, 3.860
Jardim Alto Rio Preto
São José do Rio Preto – SP
To donate money, click here.
More information at [email protected].