Indian Development Foundation (IDF) is our new name, though
our service to the nation has been for over two decades.
Our Trustees and our team remain the same.
We seek your blessings and continued support for our humanitarian
work in national interest.
Why change in name and what is our mission ?
Indian Leprosy Foundation has been christened as INDIAN DEVELOPMENT
FOUNDATION for valid reasons which we share with you.
Indian Leprosy Foundation had the major thrust for leprosy work
in India and our success as a leading National NGO is well-known.
India had an estimated number of 40- lakhs of leprosy patients
with a prevalence rate of 60 per 10,000 population. With
the concerted efforts of the Govt. of India and State Govts
ably assisted by several NGOs including Indian Leprosy Foundation,
became possible to bring down the case-load to less than 3 lakhs
and prevalence rate below 3 per 10,000 population by the year
2004. The Govt. feels that leprosy elimination may be
possible by the year 2007 or so.
Thus, the drastic reduction in case-load has made several NGOs
to diversify and club other health areas. Some State Govts.
are merging leprosy division with general health from 1st April
2005. Our Foundation has excellent and dedicated Field
Teams and Volunteers, which can take on additional public interest
responsibilities. Thus diversification was the answer
and we decided to change our name to INDIAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
(IDF). This has the approval of the government.
What shall be the role of INDIAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (IDF)
Of course, leprosy will continue to be a major focus for us
but we shall be taking on a few other Health areas like TB,
HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Blindness etc. In addition to Health, Education
and Development, areas like holistic development of villages
will be the focus.
Thus INDIAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (IDF)ís mission are Health,
Education and Development. We shall support eligible students
who are handicapped and take up suitable update programmes for
students, teachers and non-teaching staff with a view
to bring about enhanced skills. We shall encourage sports,
arts and crafts and communication capabilities. Along
with scientific temper, we like to encourage social temper among
the people and find ways to have access to deprived sections.
India lives in villages. About 72% of our people live
in villages with poor living conditions. We shall encourage
self-help groups to take up a few villages and create model
conditions, so that others will emulate the example.
IDF teams with a large number of samaritan volunteers are poised
for serving the nation in the areas of Health, Education and
Development. Our vision is a better India of tomorrow.
Dr. A. R. K. Pillai
Indian Development Foundation
The incidence of TB is very high in India with one death
occurring every minute. Tuberculosis is completely curable
today and greater emphasis on awareness should be created