Tertiary Care Leprosy Services

SEI supports the tertiary care services of 5 hospitals across 5 districts in 3 states namely Andhra Pradesh (3 hospitals), Karnataka (1 hospital), Tamil Nadu (1 Hospital).The details of the 5 projects are provided below:

Emmaus Swiss Leprosy Hospital Project, Palamaner, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh

GRETNALTES Hospital, Morumpodi, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh

Hubli Hospital for the Handicapped, Hubli, Karnataka

Rural India Self-development Trust (RISDT), Kathipudi, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

Sacred Heart Leprosy Hospital, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

All the 5 hospitals supported by SEI is Government recognized tertiary care leprosy hospitals where reconstructive surgeries are undertaken, reaction management & disability care services are provided. All the services provide both in-patient and out-patient services are provided.

Field Based Work

Community centric projects: SEI supported projects are people centric and community led initiatives aimed to facilitate the access of services for the people, capacity building for health care staffs & communities; which leads to empowering the communities. The field-based POID projects initiate the practice of self-care by forming self-care groups, people share their experiences, find solutions to their issues collectively and support the health care staffs in timely prevention of disability along with the supply of consumables such as self-care kits, disability certificates, and other schemes offered by the Government of India (GoI).

Prevention of Impairment and Disability Projects

POID projects germinated from a decade long implementation of disability prevention and medical education in leprosy (DISPEL). The POID project focusses on early detection, treatment, referral, and disability management of people. It focusses on the community and empowers it to take decisions regarding their health and well-being. The project collaborates district health systems to ensure that services are available close to the residence of the person. Currently, the POID project is being implemented across 3 districts in 2 states (Andhra Pradesh & Maharashtra) in collaboration with Maharashtra state leprosy society and ALERT India.

SEI's POID project is a flagship project, which received the "Young Scientist' award at the International Leprosy Congress (ILC) at Brussels in 2013.

Children's Education

3 of the SEI supported hospitals have schools attached to promote education of children with leprosy or born to parents with leprosy. Due to their experience of stigma children are often ostracized and become natural casualty of school dropouts.In order to avoid such experiences and also to ensure that the child does experience any break in their education, SEI supports education of children in our supported schools. These schools are open to the general public and promotes integration and mainstreaming of children. Each of the school have close to 1,500 children enrolled currently.