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
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
Board are a ‘position of influence’- the ALERT Board
plays a significant role in the enabling the effectiveness
of the organisation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is complete transparency and everything in the
organisation is ‘above Board’.
- Board members have to be individually engaged because
their motivations vary, in terms of what each individual
gets out if being on the Board.
- Some Board members volunteer their time in assisting the
- 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.
- Acknowledgement of individual contributions is mandatory
to encouraging and ensuring that Board members feel
involved and appreciated
- 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.
- The Founder is Ex-Officio member of the Board - this has
been important in the initial stages of the organisation
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: