Foundation - 1971 To 1980
Consolidation - 1980 To 2000
Expansion - 2000 Onwards
Foundation - 1971 to 1980
GREMALTES (Greater Madras Leprosy Treatment and Education Scheme) was founded by William Gershon in April 1971 in partnership with the Government with the objective of creating leprosy awareness in the community. The focus of GREMALTES was early diagnosis, appropriate treatment and rehabilitation assistance for needy patients. The project was supported by the German Leprosy Relief Association headed by late Mr. Hermann Kober. Ms. Sybille Gershon started working for the cause of leprosy relief. GREMALTES was registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act in the year 1978.
The first area where GREMALTES started it’s operations was in North Chennai. This area was selected due to it’s population density and the large areas that were economically backward. Active case finding methods like house to house surveys, school surveys and contact surveys were conducted systematically. Surveys, education and treatment (SET) was the main strategy followed in controlling Leprosy. The success GREMALTES had in this program, led them to the idea of setting up a hospital for the exclusive care of leprosy patients.