Maharashtra Lokahita Seva Mandal Leprosy Control Project (MLSM)
(Geographical location : Mumbai)
MLSM was formed in 1970 by Late Mrs. Florie Freitas as a social service organization in the slums of Golibar and Santacruz East of Mumbai metro city. The prime objective is concern for leprosy patients and consequently of the slum dwellers in the area. In 1976, MLSM was allotted the H Ward East, P Ward and the Island of Manori to carry out the Urban Leprosy Control Program under the aegis of the German Leprosy Relief Association.
Leprosy services: MDT program was started in 1971 covering 1.9 million populations in 21 urban health posts since then a total of 23,554 cases of leprosy were identified and treated. In addition to SET program the project also extended its hands to rehabilitate hundreds of affected families.
TB Services: RNTCP support services started in 2003 with a population of 115,000 by opening 3 DOTS centers, 3 sputum collection centers and 1 Microscopy center.
MLSM continued TB activity by running DOTS centers at Nivara Health Centre run by Shabana Azmi and at Aarey Milk Colony. Since inception of RNTCP, 1415 TB patients have been registered for treatment out of which 1147 are cured.
Other Major activities for slum dwellers: The project also engaged in slum development programmes for 1.9 million people such as Child sponsorship, Typing & English classes, Tailoring, job placement, Rehabilitation projects – Box making & Paper bag unit, Micro finance assistance for small business, Housing projects – repairing houses of Leprosy & TB patients & other needy people of the slums, establishing Balwadis, Adult education, Tuition classes and Creche to prevent malnutrition in slum children and providing support to poor working parents.
Facilities: Leprosy diagnosis, DPMR care at three centers (Santacruz and Malad), DOTS provision, Community development for slum population.