Nilgiri Leprosy Eradication Scheme
(Geographical location : Coonoor & Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Silver Jubilee project of GLRA-India, NILES started at Coonoor, Nilgiri in 1991 for Leprosy eradication, rehabilitation, Health education and POD activities.
Leprosy Services: NILES worked as field based project under vertical system of NLEP activities till integration (2005) by covering a population of around 7 lakhs in the entire district including the tribal population. The services were extended in 327 villages including 4 urban areas and 386 schools. A total of 2500 leprosy affected people were treated in a span of 15 years.
TB Services: After integration of leprosy NILES diversified its activities into TB control services from 2006 by establishing a TB Treatment Unit in Coonoor and Kothagiri Taluk of Nilgiris covering 2.5 lakh populations. From 2011 April, government has taken over the activities of the TB Unit, NILES has switched over its activities to disability care in Coimbatore district.