The Leprosy Mission Trust India

The Leprosy Mission was founded in 1874 as ‘The Mission to Lepers’ by an Irishman named Wellesley Cosby Bailey, in Ambala, India. Subsequently in 1973, The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. TLMTI is the largest leprosy-focused non-governmental organisation in India and is headquartered in New Delhi, India. The organisation works with people affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), people with disabilities, and marginalised communities, especially women.

TLMTI has a diverse set of programmes – Healthcare, Sustainable Livelihood, Community Empowerment, Advocacy, and Research and Training. These programmes are implemented through 16 hospitals, six vocational training centres, four residential care homes for elderly persons affected by leprosy, nine community empowerment projects, and a research laboratory, spread across 9 states of India – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

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I have closely watched performance of The Leprosy Mission Trust India for nearly one decade. The contributions of TLMTI network hospitals and research establishment are highly significant. These are in terms of providing very good quality services with compassion to persons affected by leprosy, identifying gaps in the management practices and offering solutions, working closely with NLEP, and finally carrying out high quality leprosy research by competing for projects from Indian and international agencies. TLMTI has made deep impact on all counts. Lot more expectations in future.

Dr V.M. Katoch, former Director General

Indian Council of Medical Research

I visited all their units, the OPDs and IPDs, the registration counters, operation theatre, the laboratory, ITU, X-ray unit, the MCR footwear and assisted device unit, eye clinic etc. I liked their well designed Stanley Browne Research Laboratory the most. In India we still depend on Slit Skin Smear (SSS) for detection of Mycobacterium Leprae to confirm the diagnosis of Leprosy. This laboratory has started an innovative work of chip based NAAT testing through Truenat with the support of ICMR. I was absolutely astounded with their performance. Thanks for SLO, Delhi and Superintendent of the hospital for arranging my visit…

Dr Sudarsan Mandal

Deputy Director General (Leprosy), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

I am truly inspired by the profound impact witnessed during my time with The Leprosy Mission Trust India. Their unwavering commitment to eradicating leprosy and dismantling the entrenched stigmas surrounding it is nothing short of commendable.Being a small part of their initiatives has been an enlightening experience, and I extend my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to learn from the dedicated individuals who form the backbone of this organization. The strides they are making in fostering awareness, providing support, and creating a sense of belonging within affected communities are creating a lasting effect…

Ms Rashika Saini

CBM India

…I left the hospital meeting patients, medical, and support staff with a mixed feeling. The campus is beautiful, green, clean, and organized. A nice process flows from registration, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling. The patients were being treated and cared for with a vibrant outpatient department and physiotherapy department. The staff is passionate, experienced, and dedicated. All reasons to be happy… I bid goodbye to the staff in The Leprosy Mission Hospital, Naini. With all good wishes for their success in the hospital’s battle against…

Dr Raj Shankar Ghosh


TLMTI is touching many lives with their warmth and love. Their compassionate approach, coupled with a holistic, inclusive, and inventive vision, is fast spreading love and dignity. TLMTI’s work can’t be rated, it’s beyond measurement.

Ms. Shibani Sharma Khanna

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