American Leprosy Missions (ALM)
Asia Regional Office

ALM Asia Regional Office is located in Hyderabad, Telangana state, India. Its role is to realize ALM’s strategy in the Asia region through collaborative development and implementation of innovative, impactful and locally appropriate solutions addressing health and development needs of communities at-risk of and people affected by, leprosy and other NTDs. Programmes focus on health systems strengthening; leprosy control; health infrastructure and capacity development; health promotion and disease prevention; home and facility based NTD care (MMDP); WASH, community empowerment and mobilization for health and WASH; and disease mapping, data collection and research to influence policy and practice. The programs engage with Ministries of Health, NGOs, hospitals and healthcare facilities, scientific / research centres, government departments for water, sanitation and health, and with community based organizations / groups. The work is enabled through strong in-country partnerships with organizations having the requisite programmatic experience, NTD expertise and good government relations. In Asia, ALM has its presence in four countries through current projects: India , Nepal, Myanmar and the Philippines. ALM has also been involved in Bangladesh through earlier projects.

ALM has been active in India over 100 years. ALM supported a number of NGOs and hospitals from 1900 to the 1940s, including what is now CMC Vellore. ALM helped found Karigiri in 1955. Initial partnerships included mission hospitals, and now extends to NGOs with health and community development programmes, ILEP partners, healthcare facilities (HCFs), advocacy organizations and scientific research centres. Currently, in India, ALM collaborates actively with LEPRA; SIHRLC, Karigiri and HRL Pvt Ltd (Health Informatics Rapid Design Lab), IIPH, Hyderabad.
Activities in Nepal commenced in the 1990s with technical assistance at three different leprosy hospitals. Since then ALM’s work has included the MOH, HCFs, NGOs with health and community development programs, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups. Currently, in Nepal, ALM collaborates actively with Nepal Leprosy Trust, Lalgadh Hospital; Leprosy Mission Nepal, Anandaban Hospital; and Nepal Leprosy Fellowship.
ALM began work in Myanmar in the 1990s, and was instrumental in leading a coalition of INGOs in support of the MoH’s NLCP for nearly 20 years. Additionally, it facilitates, since 2000, programmes with NGOs and faith-based organizations.
Activities in the Philippines started in the 1900s. It was the first operational country for ALM after its founding, in 1906. ALM partnered with the Philippines’ Department of Health for more than 75 years, was instrumental in the roll-out of MDT, and from the 1970s to the 2010s collaborated with NGOs, research centres, government sanitaria, and a variety of CBOs and advocacy organizations.
ALM’s work from the 1990s to the 2010s included technical support and training at leprosy hospitals and clinics, and a large multi-year research project (COLEP) from 2002 – 2008.