Project Description


I am able to hold and work again without any difficulty…

14 year old Usha (Name Changed) hails from Erumathur a remote village in Dharmapuri Dist in the state of Tamilnadu. She had developed deformities due to leprosy at a very young age which made her future a big challenge for her and her family. Her father being a labourer was trying hard, spending all the family’s savings for the correction of her deformities.

At this juncture, Usha was indentified in a POID camp conducted by Schieffelin Institute in coordination with the District Leprosy Office (DLO), Dharmapuri and was motivated to undergo reconstructive surgery. After the surgery, she was given further training on activities for daily living at the Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy.

Usha is now a Confident and a happy Student getting back to her School to restart her Studies.

Why Reconstructive Surgery ???

The aim of Reconstructive Surgery for leprosy is to correct various deformities caused due to

* Nerve injury.
* Deformed hands,
* Eyelid paralysis,
* Foot drop, and
* Collapsed nose. Reconstructive surgery is an important part of rehabilitation for those affected

Reconstructive surgery is an important part of rehabilitation for those affected by leprosy who have been disabled or disfigured.

Schieffelin Institute of Health Research and Leprosy Centre, a tertiary health care centre for leprosy treatment, has been involved in providing holistic care for the people affected by leprosy since 1955. Holistic care involves rehabilitation through physical, psychological, social and economic interventions.

SIHRLC has been a pioneer in all aspects of management of patients affected by leprosy. This includes prevention and control of disability due to the disease. Reconstructive surgeries for limbs, face and eyelids, deformed due to leprosy are performed at our hospital. Surgeons from Schieffelin Institute, also visit various institutions across the country to perform and train
surgeons in Reconstructive Surgery.

What do we do ?

We at Schieffelin Institute with the aid of our Community Health Department conduct frequent POID (Prevention of Impairment and Disability) camps

Foot drop correction and Clawed toe
Rs. 30,000/-
Reconstruction of the sole Rs. 50,000/-
Eye lid deformity
correction (to prevent blindness)
Rs. 30,000/-
Correction of
deformities on the hands
Rs. 45,000/-
Wrist drop Correction Rs. 30,000/-