History

Milestones from 1950 till today

1950

Mid of this year, a French priest named Abbe Pierre was shocked to know that people froze to death due to the cold wave in Paris. Through a local radio talk show he sensitized people to care for the homeless and later went on to form the Emmaus movement.

1956

Fr. Abbe Pierre travelled to Switzerland to meet like-minded people where Mr. Marcel Farine was influenced by Fr. Pierre's philosophy. Mr. Farine raised financial resources in Switzerland to serve 'people in need', which later also included rehabilitating people affected with Leprosy.

1960

Swiss Emmaus' first support in India, where a ward was established in the Orthopaedics Department of CMC Vellore to rehabilitate people affected with Leprosy who had undergone reconstructive surgery.

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1962

The first institutional support for Leprosy control work was provided to the St. Thomas Hospitaland Leprosy Center, Chetput, Tamil Nadu.

1963

The support was provided to St. Joseph's Leprosy Hospital in Mangalore.

1966

Mr. William Gershon was inducted as the first Regional Secretary of Swiss Emmaus India.

1970

Established Hubli Hospital for the Handicapped (HHH), Hubli, Karnataka.

1975

The Regional Secretariat in Chennai assumed responsibility for Swiss Emmaus India.

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1977

Initiated the first rural project in Swiss Emmaus Referral Hospital-Palamaner, Andhra Pradesh (AP)

1979

Started projects in Karnataka and Orissa.

1980

The Regional Secretariat in Chennai also expanded its scope to cover Leprosy control activities in Sri Lanka.

1981

Multiple Drug Therapy was piloted for the first time in India at Wardha.

1982

Established rural project GRETNALTES, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh.

1982

A community welfare organization ECOMWEL was started in TamilNadu.

1983

Established Rural India Self Development Trust (RISDT), Rajahmundry, AP.

1984

Mr. Jeyaraj Devadas took over as the Regional Secretary from Mr.William Gershon

1984

Dr. Lobo assumed responsibility as the Medical Advisor in the Regional Secretariat, Chennai

1985

The Indian Leprosy Foundation was established to raised local funds for Leprosy control activities

1985

Training centers were established within projects

1987

Housing loans were provided to the people affected by Leprosy by the Rehabilitation Fund

1989

The Regional Secretariat initiated the Coimbatore Urban Leprosy Eradication Scheme (CULES), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

1992

SEI formed ILEP India in collaboration with other ILEP members in India

1992

Urban Leprosy control projects were initiated in Vijayawada and Hyderabad, AP

1994

Swiss Emmaus initiated TB control activities through its projects

1995

Crash population surveys were undertaken as a part of NLEP

1999

DISPEL project was started in 2 districts of AP

2000-01

TST's were established in AP, West Bengal (WB), and Karnataka

2003

Integration of Leprosy services changed the project landscape for Swiss Emmaus in India

2003

TST was established in Orissa

2006

Assumed ILEP state coordination of Goa and NE states

2007

Establishment of HealthFirst India (HFI) as fund raising unit of SEI

2008

Hospital Information System (HIS) and Output Based AID (OBA) were introduced in our key referral hospitals.

Change in leadership from Mr. Devadas to Mr. John Kurian George

ATCOM was established in Mumbai

TB slum projects were started in Mumbai and Goa

2009

Name change from SE to FAIRMED (HQ)

Mr. Rene Staeheli was elected as the President of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP).

Swiss Emmaus Relief Work India was elected as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund in India.

Swiss Emmaus Relief Work India was inducted as a National TB Consortium (NTC) member

2010

Swiss Emmaus Relief Work India Central Office shifted from Chennai to Gurgaon, Haryana