The Leprosy Mission (TLM) is a UK based international non government organization started its work in Nepal from 1957 with establishment of Anandaban Hospital in Lele, the sourthern part of Lalitpur. However, from 2005 TLM Nepal has been working as independent NGO in partnership with TLM international and the Government of Nepal to provide specialist tertiary care and technical support for leprosy control programs. It also undertakes internationally recognized research into leprosy and implements disability inclusive community development programs through its own activities and strategic partnership.
Being one of the largest NGOs in the country, TLM Nepal mainly focuses in working with and for people affected by leprosy. Its development interventions focuses in the areas of health, capacity building, education, sustainable livelihoods, community development, advocacy and research working towards equity and inclusion of people affected by leprosy and disability in the development process.
Anandaban Hospital is the center of excellence for leprosy referral hospital in Nepal and provides holistic leprosy care and the world class reconstructive surgeries. It provides its services through outpatient, dermatologist and orthopedic services. It is a only hospital that has a large outpatient clinic and mother and child care center which serves the general community as well as those affected by leprosy.
Mycobacterial Research Lab
The Mycobacterial Research Lab was established in 1981 and has been fully engaged in cutting edge laboratory research in leprosy in collaboration with international research labs and has yielded more than 100 peer reviewed scientific journals publications. It has been continuously striving to improve the diagnosis and treatment as well as enlarging the current knowledge base about leprosy. Current projects being carried out in Anandaban laboratory includes research to better predict and improve the treatment of leprosy reaction, a simple diagnostic test for leprosy and research into leprosy drug resistance