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About Us


Madurai Health and Leprosy Relief Centre (MAHELERECEN) is a non-profit charitable organization based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. This NGO undertakes voluntary health promotion and preventive services of general health education, leprosy awareness classes, case detection, treatment and rehabilitation services for leprosy disabled among the deserving slum and rural population of Madurai District since 1991. At present, a total number of 595 patients are under our care.


Since 1991, we have been conducting health education and leprosy awareness classes among school children with our flip chart and slide shows after getting necessary permission from the concerned Chief Education Officer/District Education Officer of the District. During the course of conducting awareness classes, we detected new (fresh) leprosy cases among the school children.   Every month we conducted a leprosy clinic at the Grace Kennet Hospital till 1995. In 1996, we opened Mahelerecen Leprosy Centre with lab facility at Vilangudy, Madurai. Regularly, we conducted leprosy treatment in different areas of Madurai and Dindigul Districts. We also detected fresh cases of leprosy through skin check ups among the school children. Those students who were identified with leprosy patches were treated with Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) treatment. In 1999, we had also started Community Based Rehabilitation Activities (Income generating self employment) for our leprosy deformed patients. Under this activity, 74 patients benefited. In 2016, in collaboration with ‘Madurai Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute’ we conducted medical camps in our Centre in Chellaiah Nagar for leprosy affected people.

We are collaborating with the following hospitals for cataract surgery, ulcer treatment and Re-Constructive Surgery (RCS).


– Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

– Velammal Medical College Hospital, Madurai

– The Leprosy Mission Hospital, Manamadurai.

Our NGO has partnered with Amazon – Gift a Smilecharity online shop from 15th August 2018. People can donate a product to our leprosy service through Amazon. At present, a total number of 595 patients are under our care.


Mr. M. Vincent (President)

Mrs. J. Josephine Mary (Vice President)

Mr. M. Rajendran  (Secretary)

Mr. P. E. Vincent (Treasurer)

Mr. A. Don Bosco (Joint Secretary)

Founder’s Profile:

Dr. Maria Xavier Turtius is the Founder cum Executive Secretary of this Society. He has rich experience and the Required qualifications in the field of leprosy. He is trained in Technical qualification:
1). Leprosy Inspector,
2). Non-Medical Supervisor and 
3) Health Educator.
            He is having 50 years of experience and he is also one of the Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP). He has been trained and experienced to detect the Leprosy cases and to give treatment. He has thorough knowledge of deformity corrections and also experienced in Socio-Economic Rehabilitation programme for disabled (deformity) leprosy cases.
               In the field of Administration he can control the Staff and conduct the leprosy Clinic. He has served in various NGO of Social service Organization such as the
1. Sacred Heart Leprosy Hospital, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu,
2. M.T.Memorial Leprosy Centre,Tatamangalam, Palakkadu, Kerala State, and
3. NILES project, Cunoor, Nilgiri, Tamilnadu. and he  is also Founder of the “MADURAI HEALTH AND LEPROSY RELIEF CENTRE”.    
Education :-
He underwent leprosy Inspector course from 1966 to 1967 in German Leprosy Center at Chetpet near Vellore, Tamil Nadu. He has completed Leprosy Health education course at Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation, Wardha. Maharastra in the year of 1974 and also completed Non Medical Supervisor(NMS) course at Schieffelin Leprosy Research Centre, Karigiri in the year of 1978.
Working Experience:-
a. Sacred Heart Hospital, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu (1967-1985)
He served as a Leprosy Inspector and also worked as a Non medical supervisor in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Kumbakonam from 1967 to 1985. During this period he has completed Leprosy Health education course at Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation, Wardha. Maharastra in the year of 1974 and also completed Non Medical Supervisor course at Schieffelin Leprosy Research Centre, Karigiri in the year of 1978.
b. Mar Themotheous Memorial Leprosy Centre Hospital, Kerala.
He worked as a Non Medical Supervisor, Health educator and  field officer at Mar Themotheous Memorial Leprosy Centre hospital(MTM Hospital), Thattamangalam, Palkadu  district, Kerala from 1985 to 1991.
c. NILES project, (Nilgiri leprosy Eradication Programme),Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
In the year of 1991, he has organized survey work in NILES project, Cunoor, Nilgiri, Tamilnadu. Under His supervision three leprosy inspectors worked in that project. Now  one of the leprosy Inspector Mr. Jasudas B.A, is working as a in charge of the NILS project.  
       While he was serving as a leprosy Inspector He trained six new Leprosy workers in kumbakonam and Nine workers in Kerala.
      Having twenty five years experience in the field of the eradication of leprosy he thought it would be better to start a society so that he can utilize his  knowledge and skill for the benefit of the leprosy patients. Hence he started a society on the 9th August 1991, and registered it under Tamil Nadu society registration Act 1961. The registration number is 184/91.
From 1991 Shri Maria Xavier Turtius is functioning as a organizer, health educator and Executive secretary of Madurai Health and Leprosy Relief Centre Society. he is doing administration of the organization and also supervision of all activities. he is authorized person to implement of programme activities of health education, case detection, treatment and Rehabilitation services


Dr. S. Maria Xavier Turtius (Founder cum Executive Secretary)

Mr. A. Vincent (Program Associate)

Mr. M. Raja (Program Co-Ordinator)

Dr. Ravi Kumar M. B. B. S. (Medical Officer)

Mrs. C. Kodeeswari (Nurse)

Mr. Sadagoban (Driver)

Mr M. Vincent


Contact Information

Office: +91-452-2360159
Mobile: +91-87542 10273

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Registered Office and Communication

Madurai Health and Leprosy Relief Centre
No. 12/10, Sister Rose 2nd Street
Melaponnagaram, Madurai
Tamil Nadu 625 016, India


Visiting Address

Mahelerecen Maruthuva Mayyam (Leprosy Centre)
No. 1/11/26 D, Chellaiah Nagar 1st Street, Anaiyur Road
Koodal Nagar (Near to St. Joseph ITI)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625 018, India

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Organization registered under Society Act 12A, 80G and FCRA
NGO DARPAN ID TN/2010/003432

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