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The Schieffelin Institute of Health – Research & Leprosy Centre (formerly known as SLR&TC) at Karigiri was established on 20th June 1955.

In 1962 a Leprosy Control Project was organized in Gudiyatham Taluk, a geographically defined revenue administrative unit, in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu, in India. It comprises an area of about 1,306 Sq.Kms. having approximately 950 villages and hamlets. The population of the area is 821452 (2010 Est.). This constituted the nucleus of the Branch of Epidemiology and Leprosy Control. Since then 26,434 leprosy cases have been registered for treatment within our control area till April 2010. All the data of these patients has been computerized.

Main Activities

  • Case Detection of Leprosy through School Survey, Contact Survey and Ring Survey.

  • Follow up of patients under treatment for ensuring regular treatment and preventing and early detection of complications like drug reactions, neuritis, ulcer etc.

  • Follow up of old patients to look for any active sign, complication, ulcer etc through POID (Prevention Of Impairment and Disability) Camp with Government Staff.

  • Data collection and computer updating of the patients who have completed treatment.

  • Providing free medicines for Tuberculosis (TB) patients through DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course) under RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme), and the follow up of those patients.

  • Active involvement in “Puthu Vaazhvu (New Life) Mental Health Programme” by the State Government of Tamil Nadu, in the Alangayam Block in Vellore District as a District Resource Agency (DRA), whereby many mentally ill patients are treated and followed up through regular monthly camps and their means of livelihood are strengthened through skill training. The detailed reports of the same are available here.

  • Under the Community Health Volunteers’ Programme as a pilot or model project, eight volunteers have been selected from five Panchayats, through whom the message of health awareness is proclaimed to the general public in their respective areas. The volunteers are referring the needy patients to our hospital for treatment.

  • Community Health Posting for MSc Nursing and MSW (Master of Social Work) students, specializing in Community Development, from various universities.

  • Various Medical Camps for diabetic, dental, gynaecological and psychiatric patients have been and are being organized in the surrounding needy villages.

  • CBM beneficiaries are trained in “management of small business”.

  • Counselling camps for adolescents in High School and Higher Secondary School, are being conducted.

    Puthu Vaazhvu Project