After the successful completion of the Kerala Project, the idea came up in 1985 to realise a new leprosy project. Contrary to the Kerala Project, which aimed at the mutilated, crippled and homeless leprosy patients, the North India Project should contain completely different objectives. The approach would be adapted to the treatment procedure recommended by the WHO:

  • Serial examination, to detect ill persons at an early stage and thus to save them from late effects
  • Treatment of new leprosy patients 
  • Preventive measures and educational work

These measures would help to avoid late effects of the disease such as mutilation and crippledness.              

This  project covers three areas in North India:

  • Kashmir Jammu
  • Punjab
  • Uttar Pradesh

Again, friars of the Capuchin Order were in charge on site. For each region, one padre was appointed as a person in charge. Padre Wilfried Mubarak took over the complete coordination of the leprosy work. Serial examinations were carried out by qualified nurses. The fight against tuberculosis was included in the project.

In the autumn of 1985, Father Wilfried wrote: “We are in the first phase of leprosy work. We make every effort to carry out our tasks thoroughly and objectively despite the riots in Punjab and partly in Kashmir Jammu.” He informed us about the first results regarding the detection of new cases.

New cases of leprosy were sent to the local hospitals in charge.

In the course of the following months problems changed for the worse so that the project had to be stopped after only two years in  1987 due to riots in the regions and  a shortage of the  staff. Nevertheless, within this time :

Serial examination

140 people suffering from tuberculosis and 360 new leprosy cases were detected, 40 of whom were single cases and 320 were living in groups.

InIn Punjab, new leprosy colonies were detected in Dinangar, Batala and Fathegorth Churian. The people affected were taken care of medically and socially as far as possible.

Although we had to stop this project, it was a great pleasure for the citizens of Dinslaken to provide hundreds of people living in indescribable misery with basic help.