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.
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.
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.
The first institutional support for Leprosy control work was provided to the St. Thomas Hospitaland Leprosy Center, Chetput, Tamil Nadu.
The support was provided to St. Joseph's Leprosy Hospital in Mangalore.
Mr. William Gershon was inducted as the first Regional Secretary of Swiss Emmaus India.
Established Hubli Hospital for the Handicapped (HHH), Hubli, Karnataka.
The Regional Secretariat in Chennai assumed responsibility for Swiss Emmaus India.
Initiated the first rural project in Swiss Emmaus Referral Hospital-Palamaner, Andhra Pradesh (AP)
Started projects in Karnataka and Orissa.
The Regional Secretariat in Chennai also expanded its scope to cover Leprosy control activities in Sri Lanka.
Multiple Drug Therapy was piloted for the first time in India at Wardha.
Established rural project GRETNALTES, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh.
A community welfare organization ECOMWEL was started in TamilNadu.
Established Rural India Self Development Trust (RISDT), Rajahmundry, AP.
Mr. Jeyaraj Devadas took over as the Regional Secretary from Mr.William Gershon
Dr. Lobo assumed responsibility as the Medical Advisor in the Regional Secretariat, Chennai
The Indian Leprosy Foundation was established to raised local funds for Leprosy control activities
Training centers were established within projects
Housing loans were provided to the people affected by Leprosy by the Rehabilitation Fund
The Regional Secretariat initiated the Coimbatore Urban Leprosy Eradication Scheme (CULES), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
SEI formed ILEP India in collaboration with other ILEP members in India
Urban Leprosy control projects were initiated in Vijayawada and Hyderabad, AP
Swiss Emmaus initiated TB control activities through its projects
Crash population surveys were undertaken as a part of NLEP
DISPEL project was started in 2 districts of AP
TST's were established in AP, West Bengal (WB), and Karnataka
Integration of Leprosy services changed the project landscape for Swiss Emmaus in India
TST was established in Orissa
Assumed ILEP state coordination of Goa and NE states
Establishment of HealthFirst India (HFI) as fund raising unit of SEI
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
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
Swiss Emmaus Relief Work India Central Office shifted from Chennai to Gurgaon, Haryana