The Purulia Leprosy Hospital, located in West Bengal in India, was established in 1888 and is the oldest and largest leprosy hospital in India. It serves around 40,000 patients a year providing healthcare for both leprosy and non-leprosy patients. The hospital has been the site of many breakthroughs relating to the treatment of leprosy and holds a very important place in the history of the treatment and understanding of Leprosy in India. Despite its prestigious history, the hospital today is out of date and overcrowded.
Article 25 are working with The Leprosy Mission to increase and improve the facilities at the hospital by designing a new Out Patient Department and redeveloping the hospital campus to continue provision of free comprehensive care to people affected by leprosy.
Article 25, with technical guidance from the engineering firm Hoare Lea, are designing a new outpatient department that incorporates passive energy strategies and use low-cost and low-maintenance materials. This will be followed by refurbishing existing outpatient spaces and renovating staff housing.
Working with: The Leprosy Mission
Location: Purulia, West Bengal, India
Expected Completion: 2018
Annual number of lives affected: 40,000+