Cochin Urban Leprosy/TB Treatment and Education Scheme

(Geographical region: Cochin , Kerala)

Cochin Urban Leprosy/TB Treatment and Education Scheme (CULTES) was established in the year 1980 at Perumpadappu, Cochin to support the people affected with leprosy in the coastal areas where majority of the catchment population are fisherman and most vulnerable community.

Leprosy Services: Government of Kerala permitted the activities of CULTES to eradicate leprosy from the Cochin Corporation and the rural area of Angamally block. Since then 3046 leprosy cases have been cured. Project also established a wood carving unit under the social rehabilitation and this unit has earned valid reputation in the industry.

TB Services: From 1992, CULTES started TB Treatment with the help of GLRA. CULTES is the only NGO that has been sanctioned a Microscopic Centre and DOTS Centre for TB control work, when RNTCP was introduced in Ernakulam district. A total of 3667 new TB cases were treated by this centre since then. CULTES also serves 1.5 million populations under Advocacy Communication Social Mobilization in coastal areas.

Facilities: Hospital with 8 beds, Out-patient physiotherapy, Microscopy centre for TB, Sputum collection and transport facilities from rural areas, Treatment adherence, Vocational training and ACSM activities.

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