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How your generosity is transforming lives in India

  • Your support is helping children like Satish and Aruna receive the care they need at Purulia hospital
  • Your generosity means we can enable children to receive quality education through our Catch Them Young scheme, read Chandu's moving story to find out more 

Read on to find out more about the many ways people's lives are being changed, thanks to you.


In this vibrant and diverse country, your support is providing essential health care services and quality education to children and adults affected by leprosy

As the birth place of TLM, our work in this country goes back 140 years. And India continues to be the country where the majority of TLM’s work is based. Today TLM India employs about 85 staff members.

Here, TLM operates programmes in nine states through 14 hospitals, six Vocational Training Centres, five residential facilities for care of elderly people severely disabled by leprosy, a molecular biology research laboratory, advocacy and communication, leprosy training, and multiple community empowerment projects.

  Nearly 60% of the world's new cases of leprosy are found in India


TLM NI’s involvement: Health care and education

  • Purulia Hospital, West Bengal

    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. 

  • Shahdara Hospital, Delhi

    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

  • Catch them Young

    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:

    • 12 children were trained as leprosy 'champions' to detect leprosy and eye diseases. This training resulted in 44 cases of cataracts and 5 new cases of leprosy being identified.
    • 170 children enjoyed trips to a science city and jungle safari and received training in life skills. This helped to build confidence and self-esteem. 
    • 4,500 students in 20 schools took part in theatre workshops to raise awareness of leprosy with the students and their families.
    • A children's parliament was initiated in two villages. The 90 children involved have opportunities to practice public speaking and learn to stand up for theirs and others' rights. 

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