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Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR), a member of International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), is supporting National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of India since 1993...



ILEP (International Federation of Anti – Leprosy Associations) is a federation of 14 international autonomous non-governmental organisations working together in close partnership with the Governments for a common goal of ‘A World without Leprosy’.

ILEP India

In India, ten ILEP members are active through their local bodies and are working in close collaboration with the States & Central Government of India(GOI) supporting the national Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP) of India. These organizations and their local bodies are:

AFRF Foundation Raoul Follereau (French Leprosy Relief Foundation) FRF-India
AIFO Italian Leprosy Relief Association (Associazione Italiane Amici di Raoul Follereau) – AIFO-India
ALES Aide aux Lépreux Emmaüs-Suisse (Swiss Leprosy Relief Association) – ALES-India
ALM American Leprosy Missions – ALM-India
DFB Damien Foundation Belgium – Damien Foundation, India Trust (DFIT)
Fontilles Fontilles, Lucha Contra La Lepra (Spanish Leprosy Relief Association) – Fontilles – India
DAHW Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberculosehilfe (German Leprosy & TB Relief Association) – GLRA India
LEPRA British Leprosy Relief Association – LEPRA Society
NLR Netherlands Leprosy Relief – NLR Branch Office and NLR Trust India (NLR) “”
TLMI The Leprosy Mission International – The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLM)

Out of the above members, Damien Foundation Belgium have been chosen as the coordinating agency for India for the years 2008 to 2010. Damien Foundation Belgium has delegated this responsibility to the local representative Damien Foundation India Trust.


GOI started its National Leprosy Control Programme (NLCP) in the year 1955, which was later converted as National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) from the year 1983. This was started as a vertical programme with introduction of Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) and later integrated into General Health Care (GHC) Services gradually from the year 2002. Now the programme is fully integrated and all the leprosy services are provided free of cost through General Health Care infrastructure.

A joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between ILEP members active in India and GOI, have been signed for a period from 2007-2012. This MOU contains the thematic areas of support, which will be provided by ILEP to National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) of India.


World Health Organization (WHO) with its Head Quarter at Geneva is providing technical and logistic support to the National Programmes of different countries of the world. India being the major contributor of leprosy in the world, the Central Leprosy Unit of WHO has been shifted to New Delhi, India, to provide support to NLEP in close cooperation. WHO/Leprosy

NLR  Foundation has close collaboration with the Central Leprosy Unit of WHO, stationed at SEARO, New Delhi. NLR India is functioning in close cooperation with WHO National, State & Zonal Coordinators, positioned at New Delhi and different States.

Other partners

Besides WHO & GOI, being the major partners for NLR India, a list of partners is as under: