‘Lion City’, the island city-state of Singapore, lies just one degree off the equator. Its strategic location and enterprising commercial and political sectors have seen it develop into one of the busiest trading centres in the world. Singapore also has its history of leprosy, and the purpose-built Trafalgar Home was built for leprosy sufferers in 1926 – and initially, people with leprosy were compulsorily sent there. The Home closed in 1993 but there is provision elsewhere for old leprosy-disabled people with nowhere else to go.
The Singapore Leprosy Mission (TSLM) was established in 2004. A small but active volunteer board raises financial support for TLM, encourages people to pray for the work and raises awareness in Singapore about leprosy and The Leprosy Mission. Their focus is on helping leprosy-affected people by Restoring Health, Rehabilitating Life, Restructuring Employability and Resourcing Support. Donors are primarily personal contacts and churches that are motivated to care about leprosy. After five years of supporting TLM projects in Timor Leste, TSLM is now supporting Anandaban Hospital in Nepal, where major repairs are needed following the 2015 earthquakes in addition to the ongoing leprosy work. Their target is to provide SGD $50K (£28,000) per year for two years.
The chairman of The Singapore Leprosy Mission is Rev Dr George Seow.