The first sisters developed a leprosy asylum at the outskirts of Karachi into a proper Hospital. After completion of the project the facility was handed back to the Municipal Administration of Karachi in 1978.
In 1965 a team of sisters began to work in the North of Pakistan, first in the leprosy asylum of Balakot in Hazara Division. In 1967 a team of sisters took over Rawalpindi Leprosy Hospital (RLH), which has since then become the centre of our activities. In 1979 the sisters together with Pakistani partners founded a registered society called Aid To Leprosy Patients (ALP), which is legally responsible for all projects.
The work of ALP is supported by the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA), Christoffel Blindmission International (CBM) and Light for the World – CDC, Austria (LftW) besides many faithful friends of CTS and local donors.
The medical project today covers the following areas of work:
RLH is the base and referral hospital for leprosy in the Northern half of Pakistan. It has 97 beds and around 100 employees and offers all diagnostic and treatment facilities for complicated cases. The Physiotherapy Department of RLH also treats many non-leprosy patients and provides supportive services to the CBR project (see below)
A team of around 20 Pakistani staff members carries out the routine leprosy control work in Punjab province and Hazara Division in cooperation with the Government health departments.
In 2001 RLH has become a Government recognized Diagnostic and Treatment centre for tuberculosis. It receives an ever increasing number of TB patients from Rawalpindi and surrounding areas. Since 2011 RLH is also recognized as one of the few treatment facilities for multi-resistant TB (PM DR-TB Unit) in the country.
Since 1994 leprosy control is combined with primary eye care in the country. The leprosy control workers have received additional training in primary eye care. They see patients for eye problems in field clinics, refer cataract patients for surgery and carry out school-screening activities for blinding eye conditions and refractive errors.
Since 1999 ALP runs the Eye Department at the District Hospital in Battgram (KPK), because there was no facility for routine eye surgeries, e.g. cataract, in the whole region.
Per year around 200000 eye patients are seen by our staff.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
Pakistan has a high percentage of persons with disabilities, the public is not aware about it and hardly any facilities for rehabilitation exist. Since 2011 ALP is running a CBR pilot project in District Rawalpindi.