Rev.Fr.Jean Michotte: Belgian Priest
who founded Sacred Heart Leprosy Centre in 1916 to accommodate, feed and
serve those affected by leprosy and abandoned by the family.
Sr.Caroline: German national, who served
this institution in the very early days (1916-1933). She herself
was suffering from leprosy.
Sr.Marie de Britto: Indian from Goa, also
served at this centre in its early days with Sr.Caroline (1916-1964).
She also suffered from leprosy.
Rev.Fr.P.M.Rayaloo: Chaplain since
1936. He was responsible for building most of the blocks still being
used as wards.
Dr.Wyss: Swiss National, used to spend
his annual holidays of two months serving the inmates of SHLC, for decades
since 1968. Besides he has also raised and contributed funds to this
Rev.Mother Anne: Superintendent and Administrator
from 1967-76. It was during this time, SHLC, an asylum was changed
into a hospital. New buildings were constructed, specialists were
appointed, staff strength was increased, new departments were started and
SHLC celebrated its Diamond Jubilee also.
Dr.N.Zwicky: Swiss National, sponsored
by Emmaus-Swiss, served at SHLC since 1967. Along with Rev.Mother
Anne, he was responsible for the transformation of SHLC into a hospital.
Mrs.Zwicky: Swiss National, responsible
for establishing the laboratory in its infant days. Clinical pathology,
Biochemistry and Histo-pathology sections were started during her time..
Dr.A.Krassai: Swiss National, sponsored
by Emmaus-Swiss, served at SHLC from 1968 to 1970, as an Ophthalmologist
and established Eye Clinic.
Dr.S.Theophilus: Chief Leprologist of SHLC
from 1967 till his retirement in 1982. He had published
and presented several papers from this institution in national and international
Dr.Dinkar D.Palande: Chief Surgeon of SHLC
from 1969 till his retirement in 1989. He was responsible for building
up one of the best reconstructive surgery units in the world at this centre.
A pioneer in leprosy surgery, respected at international level, he has
visited and taken part in several teaching and training programmes in leprosy
surgery all over the world. Surgeons from several leprosy centres
as well as orthopedic surgeons were trained
by him. He was also a guiding spirit for developing reconstructive
surgery units at several leprosy hospitals. He has published and
presented several papers in national and international conferences.
Intrinsic Reactivation surgery for correction of claw Hands, known as Palande
Operation was one among several of his valuable contributions to the field
Dr.G.Ramu: Senior Physician of SHLC
from 1986 to 1989, leprologist of international reputation, he had undertaken
several drug trials and immunology studies with the collaboration of Madurai
Kamaraj University at this centre. He had published and presented
many papers at national and international conferences.
Dr.P.K.Gopal: Social Welfare and
Rehabilitation Officer since 1972 when the department was started.
Health Education, Social assessments, job placements and financial assistance
for self-employment were some of the programmes he started to rehabilitate
the leprosy affected and cured. A Ph.D., in social work, he has presented
many interesting papers on socio-economic rehabilitation at international