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About the Organisation

ALERT-INDIA is a voluntary organisation working in the field of leprosy control since 1978 in N, S, T, wards of Greater Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. It’s work was based on SET (Survey, Education & Treatment) Methodology of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP). Despite making a significant contribution in bringing down the overall prevalence drastically, the new cases continue to appear. ALERT-INDIA supporting the new policy of integrating leprosy into general health care system, is now promoting and implementing a Leprosy Elimination Action Programme (LEAP) based on community partnership strategies to promote integration with community based activities and the patients as a nucleus.

LEAP strives to make the goal of leprosy elimination (defined as a registered prevalence rate of 1 case per 10000 population) a reality for people. LEAP promotes an intersectoral integrated approach to leprosy elimination to synergise all stakeholders. The major thrust areas are continuing medical education, deformity control, IEC and referral centres in addition to technical and training support the nodal agency and implementing multi partnership programme based on LEAP methodology in Maharashtra.

In addition to the above, ALERT is also involve in programmes related to women focusing on reproductive health, community based TB control activities and AIDS control related programmes in Navi Mumbai and Thane.

It was during the course of carrying out community based leprosy control activities that ALERT INDIA team became increasingly cognizant to the social and economic aspects related to disease control work and the importance of community level workers contribution and commitment.

The ALERT Board

  1. Board are a ‘position of influence’- the ALERT Board plays a significant role in the enabling the effectiveness of the organisation.
  2. Its members have been selected with a great deal of forethought- the primary requirement being that they understand the mission and the strategic vision of the organisation completely.
  3. It has never been adequate to have just talented people on the Board- talent has always been coupled with a passion for the organisation’s mission.
  4. This passion has been nurtured continuously by exposing the Board members to interactions with the people and communities that ALERT supports as well as providing them with timely and appropriate information.
  5. There is complete transparency and everything in the organisation is ‘above Board’.
  6. Board members have to be individually engaged because their motivations vary, in terms of what each individual gets out if being on the Board.
  7. Some Board members volunteer their time in assisting the programmes directly
  8. Certain key functionaries are co-opted to the Board as members in addition to the Chief Executive being the Ex-Officio member. Staff has access to the Board and communication is open and transparent.
  9. Acknowledgement of individual contributions is mandatory to encouraging and ensuring that Board members feel involved and appreciated
  10. Best Practices in governance are dependent on organisational growth stage and needs at a point in time. They have to be continually reviewed and modified according to time and context.
  11. The Founder is Ex-Officio member of the Board - this has been important in the initial stages of the organisation growth.
  1. While succession planning is being continually thought about by the ALERT Board, it is understood that this needs to be a gradual process of transition where the successor is ‘groomed’ into the organisational ethos and culture

ALERT-INDIA may be contacted at

B-9, Mira Mansion, Sion (West), Mumbai - 400 022. Tel : 2403 3081 - 2, 2407 2558 Email: