Charles Pease Memorial Hospital, Colachel

The LMS and the organization ‘Mission To Lepers” at the petition of Dr. Sargood Fry and the generous donation of Mrs. Charles Pease, an Irish Lady brought about the establishment of a Leprosy Hospital at Neyyoor in 1890. Dr. Somervell’s vision to care for patients in a well-ventilated, spacious accommodation led to the purchase of 5 acres of land at Udayarvilai and the construction of 4 buildings and a chapel to house 100 patients, which was declared open on November 17, 1933 and the chapel dedicated in 1936. Besides the Government of India, Charity organizations such as Oxform, War on Want and Mission to Lepers greatly assisted the hospitals development. Besides diagnosis, medical and surgical treatments the patients had access to daily Worship services, cultural and handicrafts training, free food and shelter. In 1940, the childrens ward was constructed. As the years passed, the hospital flourished with an increase in in patients capacity to over 200 with results of complete cure among some. During the hospital’s glorious days, a school was started for the in patients as well. Currently, the hospital houses 64 inmates with hansens disease with a full time dermatologist and a dermatology Out Patient Department with all the facilities. There is also a physiotherapy college attached with the hospital. The hospital is called “Charles Pease Leprosy Hospital” with the motto, “I will; be thou clean” – Luke 5:13.