ILEP’S MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS ARE WORKING
TOGETHER FOR A WORLD FREE FROM LEPROSY
The Leprosy Mission, the oldest and largest leprosy-focused organisation in the world today, was established in Ambala, in 1874 by an Irishman named Wellesley Cosby Bailey. It was then known as ‘The Mission to Lepers’. Subsequently in 1973, this organization was registered as ‘The leprosy Mission Trust India’ (TLMTI), under the Societies registration Act of 1860.
TLMTI is a member of TLM Global Fellowship, an international federation of 30 Member countries which through a Charter have made commitments to one another and to certain principles and ways of working.
TLMTI works with people affected by leprosy, other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), people living with disabilities and other marginalised groups, like rural and urban poor, particularly women and tribals.
The organisation’s programmes are healthcare, education, sustainable livelihoods, community empowerment, advocacy, research and training. It also has been working in the area of harmonising laws and creating a favourable policy environment through advocacy, communications, and research functions.
TLMTI programmes are operational in 10 states, through 14 hospitals, 2 clinics, 6 vocational training centres, 5 residential facilities for care of elderly people affected by leprosy, several community empowerment projects, a molecular biology research laboratory, advocacy and communication, research and training. It works closely with various government ministries and departments at state and national levels, the WHO, ILEP, grass roots level organisations, and national and international development organisations. TLMTI currently supports the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Delhi.