About Us

Acworth Leprosy Hospital Society for Research, Rehabilitation, and Education in Leprosy
(ALH-RRE Society)

The ALH-RRE Society was established by the staff of Acworth Leprosy Hospital in its eightieth anniversary year on 9th June 1970 with the main objective of facilitating rehabilitation of leprosy sufferers in all respects, encouraging research studies and carrying out health education in leprosy.

During its existence of last 50 years, The ALH-RRE Society has pioneered many novel projects in the field of leprosy such as Active Surveys of school children, slum dwellers, and industrial workers for early detection, leading to development urban leprosy work as a part of National Leprosy Eradication Programme of India. Introduction of Dapsone (DDS) Tile Test Kit to check the intake of drug by the Patients, Competitive Examination on Leprosy for medical students are some of the examples of such projects.

Executive Committee Members :

President :

  • Executive Health Officer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Vice President :

  • Padma Shri Dr. V. V. Dongre

Hon. Secretaries :

  • Dr. W. S. Bhatki
  • Mr. U. H. Thakar

Hon. Treasurer :

  • Dr. S. S. Gawde

Members :

  • Superintendent, Acworth Leprosy Hospital
  • Dr. V. V. Pai
  • Dr. C. R. Revankar
  • Dr. N. B. Iyer
  • Mr. A. L. Kadam

Acworth Municipal Hospital for Leprosy (AMHL)


Acworth Municipal Hospital for Leprosy was originally known as Homeless Leper Asylum.

The Homeless Leper Asylum at Wadala, Mumbai was established in November 1890.

A truly unique, nonsectarian Institution for Care and Treatment of Leprosy sufferers in the city, it was a tangible outcome of the funds donated by Mumbai's philanthropic citizens and the energetic efforts of the then Municipal Commissioner, Mr. H. A. ACWORTH.

Fortunately the barracks vacated by the Matunga Artillery Centre, after the Governor shifted his residence from Parel to Malbar Hill in 1885, were available for housing the Asylum.

In recognition of Acworth's efforts, the asylum was renamed as Acworth Leper Asylum in 1904.

The Hospital has committedly traded a long and successful path of anti-leprosy activities. Today it has achieved its objective of leprosy elimination in the city of Mumbai.

Acworth Municipal Hospital for Leprosy Provides :

  • Inpatient Facility
  • Diagnostic and Treatment Facility
  • Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Physiotherapy
  • Reconstructive Surgery & POD Services
  • Laboratory Services