Established in 1882, Purulia was TLM’s first hospital in India. The hospital now treats around 30-40,000 people every year from West Bengal, one of the poorest States in India. The hospital provides a wide range of services including leprosy treatment and surgery to correct disabilities, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopaedics and general surgical procedures.
In 2016, 1,233 new cases of leprosy were diagnosed at Purulia (that's 3 a day)
In 2016, nearly 11,000 leprosy-affected people attended the outpatients'department at the hospital
In 2017, with your help, we raised £20,000 to help build a new outpatients' department at Purulia Hospital in partnership with TLM England and Wales. This work is now underway and is due to be completed by the end of 2018 / early 2019. The new department will have a large waiting room, six consultation rooms, two minor procedure rooms, a new toilet block and two lab areas. In addition, two doctors' houses on the hospital grounds will be refurbished to attract new doctors to Purulia.
In the heart of India’s capital city, TLM is providing excellent health care and surgery for leprosy and general patients. The hospital also runs an outreach programme which aims to de-mystify leprosy and encourage integration of people affected by the disease with surrounding communities.
In 2016, 12,000 leprosy patients were treated at Shahdara’s outpatients’ department
This school scholarship programme is run by TLM across eight states in India enabling children or teenagers who have a leprosy background (they have either had leprosy themselves or a parent, grandparent or sibling has had leprosy) to attend school and, in some cases, go on to further education. The scholarship covers school fees as well as books and other essential equipment. You can find out more about our Catch Them Young project in our Fair Share resources for youth and children's groups.
In 2017, 1,119 students were supported financially through the Catch Them Young project
In 2017, your generous gifts enabled us to support this project in a variety of ways: