The first project that began was the most urgent—providing a diverse selection of medical/health-related treatment to community members. This treatment not only provides benefits to the community itself, it also affects the larger public, as many of the leprosy patients were out all day in public spaces begging with open, festering wounds. The disease still carries a stigma and there is acute concern over catching it. Elements of the ongoing program have included:
• Free medical supplies to treat wounds
• Free eye camps with ophthalmologist visits to the community to treat blindness, a common symptom, and other vision-related problems
• Free, specialized leprosy sandals by partnering with a local organization, designed to provide walking comfort, as leprosy grossly affects the extremities, making walking in normal shoes uncomfortable or impossible.