India had an estimated 4 million leprosy cases in 1982 with a prevalence rate of 57 per 10,000 populations. Several districts were hyperendemic and endemic for leprosy. With the active work of the Union Health Ministry, State Health Ministries, Municipalities and National and International NGOs, some states have already eliminated leprosy by now, with prevalence less than 1 per 10,000 population by March 2005. India has achieved the leprosy elimination status (Elimination status means achieving the prevalence rate of less than 1 patient per 10,000 populations) Consequent to the drastic reduction of leprosy cases in India and leprosy elimination in several states, it was felt expedient by the Board of Trustees to diversify and rechristen Indian Leprosy Foundation as Indian Development Foundation (IDF). Proposals were made to Govt. and the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai has approved the change of name and the diversified roles. Thus, IDF came into existence on 1st April 2005.
Indian Development Foundation (IDF) has taken its enlarged and new responsibilities spanning health, education and development areas. These are priority health areas of the Govt. and IDF is focusing its efforts in these areas.
Our Field Staff and volunteers are giving health awareness talks on these diseases to students in Schools, Colleges and Institutions throughout India. Campaigns in Mass Media are taken up with all enthusiasm.
Education to the handicapped, the poor and the marginalized children in rural areas, tribal villages and urban slums is a priority concern for IDF. Education gives empowerment in employment areas, commercial activities, health care and in fact Total Quality of Life. We are also focusing on Women Empowerment Programmes providing adult education and vocational training to women folks under - Sarva Sakhi Swabhiman (Project S-3)
IDF - Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since 2012.
We believe all can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
To be a Knowledge/ Execution Partner of Schools, NGOs, Corporates, and Government agencies for development programs across India.
To work towards creating a better India which provides basic health, education and empowerment to every citizen.
Dr ARK Pillai
In response to the national call by our former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi to NGOs and public-spirited people to take up leprosy elimination work, Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, the Founder President, gathered a few Samaritans and founded the Indian Leprosy Foundation. The Foundation was registered as a Charitable Trust under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and Bombay Public Trusts Act of 1950. The important purpose for which Foundation was formed is summarized below:
To be a national NGO with a focus on leprosy/ TB elimination work
To be a self-supporting NGO.
To be supported by willing and voluntary donations from the public.
To share its major resources with leprosy/ TB/ education Projects by giving annual grants to network with NGOs/ Projects.
To strengthen awareness about leprosy/ TB through its staff and volunteer teams, use mass communication channels, and erase social stigma.
To work for hand in hand with Union and state health authorities and Municipal Corporations
IDF has over 100 Associate leprosy/ TB Projects spread over the country and they do all aspects of treatment and rehabilitation free of cost and without any discrimination whatsoever.
Our Field Teams and Volunteer teams have been focusing on schools, colleges, and community groups to give leprosy awareness talks.