TLM Champa Hospital
(TLM Bethesda Leprosy Home and Hospital)

Janjgir-Champa is situated at the centre of Chhattisgarh and is considered as the heart of the state. The district is a major producer of food grains in the state. About 39% of people live below poverty line. Agriculture is the main economic activity. The district is the hub of industrial activity, mainly mines and other industries like limestone, cement, paper, steel and thermal power plants.


TLM Champa Hospital was established in the year 1902.  

In 1902, Rev. P. A. Penner, an American Mennonite missionary working in Champa, started an asylum for leprosy patients who begged for a living. Eventually, the asylum was converted into a hospital-cum-home. The Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) took over its management in 1903. As time went on, the number of patients in the home increased, and in the 1950s, the home was converted into a hospital.

The facilities provided by the hospital include consulting rooms, in-patient rooms, operating theatre, laboratory services, ECG services, X-ray services, counselling, physiotherapy, pharmacy, MCR protective footwear and artificial limbs.

Goal of the hospital

The hospital caters to patients from the state of Chhattisgarh, and eastern Odisha. The goal of the hospital is to address health problems faced by people affected by leprosy and other marginalised communities in Janjgir-Champa district. It aims to achieve it through:

  • Functioning as a referral centre providing tertiary care services for people affected by leprosy.
  • Referring patients for MDT to the government primary health centres (PHCs).
  • Training of government health staff in diagnosis and management of leprosy.
  • Providing ulcer care, foot care, reconstructive surgery, general medical care.
  • Management of pregnancy-related complications. 



Outpatient Inpatient
The hospital provides holistic care for the following specialities:

  • leprosy treatment and management
  • dermatology
  • general medicine
  • general surgery
  • general physiotherapy
  • reconstructive surgery

In 2015, about 18,000 consultations were provided, with:

  • 5% leprosy
  • 23% dermatology
  • 55% general medicine
  • 17% obstetrics & gynaecology
The hospital has a 60-bedded in-patient wing and provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment. In 2015, patients were admitted mainly for:

  • leprosy (eye care, ulcer, surgery, lepra reaction and neuritis, etc) – about 400.
  • general medicine – 1,500
  • obstetrics &gynaecology – 1,100

About 5,900 leprosy bed days and 15,500 general patient bed days were utilised.



Support services (lab tests; X-ray, ECG, physiotherapy, counselling):

  • 55,000 lab tests, including 1,400 skin smear examinations for leprosy, 22,000 haematology tests and 14,000 biochemistry tests done in 2015.
  • 600 X-ray imaging and 200 ECG done.
  • 1,300 patients underwent physiotherapy.
  • 2,000 leprosy patients counselled.


Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy:

The hospital provides patient education, physiotherapy, pre-fabricated splints, MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients to prevent impairment and disability. In a year:

  • 130 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis were given appropriate treatment.
  • 100 ulcer surgeries done.
  • The hospital has an MCR protective footwear manufacturing unit which manufactured about 900 pairs and supplied to hospital patients and to the government.
  • The hospital also has an artificial limbs manufacturing unit which manufactured about 70 orthoses.

Community outreach:

The hospital has a community outreach programme in schools and tribal villages. This is done through networking with the government and other NGOs. The hospital supports people affected by leprosy and members of marginalised communities and tribals in accessing government social welfare schemes for education, economic development, healthcare, housing, insurance, livelihood pension, etc.

About 1,900 people in the community benefited from this in 2015.