Renovation of Anandaban Leprosy Hospital

Anandaban Hospital is one of the largest dedicated leprosy hospitals in Nepal. Situated south of Kathmandu, it provides free comprehensive care to people affected by leprosy. In a joint project with The Leprosy Mission, Article 25 aims to redevelop the hospital to provide the best possible care for its patients.

Leprosy is thought to be the one of the oldest recorded diseases with a history spanning thousands of years. Leprosy is a chronic bacterial infection, and if left untreated can lead to nerve damage, muscle paralysis and blindness. Despite leprosy being only mildly contagious and fully curable, there continues to be significant social stigma surrounding those who are infected with the disease. The Leprosy Mission works tirelessly to dispel the myths surrounding leprosy, and since 1957 has worked with Anandaban Hospital to provide continual support to leprosy patients in Nepal.

Article 25 will provide vital technical assistance to Anandaban Hospital as they repair the damage caused by the 2015 earthquake and redevelop key areas of the hospital. The earthquake, which killed over 8,000 people in 2015, damaged many areas of the hospital beyond repair, which has meant that various facilities are working at a sub-optimal level.

Article 25 will create a Masterplan for The Leprosy Mission, which will provide the architectural solutions to redevelop the hospital to become the best facility possible. The Masterplan will allow Anandaban Hospital to grow its services to treat patients with all conditions, which will enable the hospital to continue to finance its free healthcare for those with leprosy.

Along with renovated wards and improved disability access, there will be dedicated facilities for mother and newborn care, and a new trauma and rehabilitation centre. Because the hospital aims to be the principal centre for leprosy in Nepal for decades to come, Article 25 will incorporate earthquake resistant design into its redevelopment. We will also assess the current buildings for their seismic resistance, in particular the buildings which withstood the earthquake in 2015, but may be vulnerable to subsequent disasters in the future.