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Committed to providing 
high quality medical care to the poor


Fellowship for transformation through caring


1. Makunda Christian Leprosy & General Hospital aims to provide high quality medical care at costs that are affordable to the people of North-East India through development of appropriate health care models.

2. The hospital also aims to provide comprehensive services to all, irrespective of caste, religion, race or sex, with the assets at its disposal and through collaboration with other like-minded agencies to improve the social, economic and spiritual lives of our target people. 

3. The hospital further aims to create and sustain a pool of trained manpower and inculcate in them the values of Christian service as exemplified by the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Story

   Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital had its beginnings as Makunda Leprosy Colony in 1950 on 1000 acres of land purchased by the Baptist Mid-Missions, USA. Soon after the hospital started, Dr. Gene Burrows , a MD from USA started the work in the leprosy colony in full earnest. Responding to the dire medical needs in the region, he soon converted it into a much needed general hospital. 

   He contributed to the work at Makunda for nearly 30 years and during his tenure, the hospital was well known for its work among the poor, tea-estates and leprosy patients. The hospital faced a major crisis in the early 1980s, when the Government of India asked all expatriate missionaries to leave the country and the hospital had to be closed for nearly ten years for lack of doctors committed to work in the region. 

   In 1992, Baptist Mid-Missions Trustees India,the body that oversaw the functioning of MCLGH handed the hospital over to Emmanuel Hospital Association,New Delhi and the hospital functions till date as a member of EHA, a fellowship of Christian institutions and individuals that exists to transform communities through caring, with a primary emphasis on the poor and the marginalized. The hospital is nestled in a remote and predominantly tribal region of Karimganj District, Assam and also strategically located at the junction of the three states of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram. 

   Karimganj district is one of the four Barak valley districts of Lower Assam which are one of the most impoverished districts in India. The rural communities of Lower Assam as well as the neighbouring states of Tripura and Mizoram are strife with poverty and illiteracy. Data from Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2012-13 reported that Assam had a Maternal mortality rate of 328 per 100,000 live births ( India 178 per 100,000 live births ) and an infant mortality rate of 54 per 1000 live births ( India 40 per 1000 live births ).

Our Amazing Team


Dr. Roshine Mary Koshy MD -

Medical Superintendent


Dr.Vijay Anand Ismavel MS, MCh



Dr.Ann Miriam MD


Makunda Christian Leprosy & General Hospital 
is run by the Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital Society registered in Assam.
 It is a member of the  
Emmanuel Hospital Association-New Delhi.

Our Programs

The 2011 batch of ANM students


The hospital has identified relevant research questions of interest that will aid in ensuring that clinical entities seen in patient populations in Makunda with significant morbidity and mortality are systematically studied eg an epidemic of patients with unexplained peripheral neuropathy.

The hospital has formed a research and ethics committee to frame the research policy of the hospital, create work flows for proposals and to monitor and disseminate results of research projects.

Future plans include networking with partners interested in research in issues plaguing communities in resource poor settings as well as projects pertaining to the Department of Biodiversity Documentation and Wild life preservation.

Publications so far:

1. Sighting of Purple-throated-, or Van Hasselt’s Sunbird Leptocoma sperata brasiliana in Karimganj District, Assam, with notes on its status in India – in Indian Birds

2. Mating of the Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) – in BES Study Group

3. Forest ghost moth fauna of northeastern India (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: Endoclita, Palpifer, and Hepialiscus) – in Journal of Threatened Taxa

4. Report of Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) and Platythomisus sudeepi Biswas, 1977 from India (Araneae, Thomisidae) – in Biodiversity Data Journal

5. News from the Training Institute of Global Health and Tropical Medicine - pages 18 and 19, Bulletin of the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Number 1, March 2017, Volume 55

Obeying a call to Medical Missions

In 1982, as a second year under-graduate medical student at the Kilpauk Medical College in Madras (1), I made a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ. I started a Bible Study group in college and we discussed how to live the Christian life and make decisions that were approved in God’s sight. We heard many messages on the topic, “Finding God’s Will” but many of us were not able to get a clear convincing personal answer to this burning question. Read More.

-- Dr. Vijay --

It has been a year since I left my work in Nav Jivan Hospital ( NJH), an EHA unit in Satbarwa, Jharkhand. Working in Jharkhand was an eye opener for me . I am thankful for the opportunity to experience first hand the ground realities of rural health care in North India. You can read about my initial observations in a write up titled “ 100 days in NJH ”.
Much has changed in my work over the past 1 year. I have moved on to rural Assam and am currently working as a consultant Physician in Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital, an EHA unit in Karimgang district of Assam. Read More.

-- Dr. Roshine --

I hope all of you are doing well. A small update from Ethiopia, where I am working in Gambo General Rural Hospital since three weeks. As the name says it is a rural hospital and -like makunda- it was started as a leprosy colony, with still a leprosy ward where up to 40 patients can stay. Read More.

-- Dr. Juul Bakker --

Sometimes, I feel a bit homesick for my period at Makunda. I am missing the craziness of India, the hardworking nurses with their angel voices on Sunday singing in the church and the fireflies in the rice fields nearby our house. It has been a while now and I hope everybody is doing fine. Read more.

-- Dr. Jessica Nomen --

Dear Makunda friends,
Hope you are doing well. Currently i'm working in South Sudan. After independence in 2011 a conflict started in 2013 between different (ethnic) groups. There is a food crisis and in some parts of the country a famine. This hospital was founded as a project for visceral leishmaniasis (infectious disease) but is now a general hospital in a remote area. Read More.

-- Dr. Judith Pekelharing --


We are in the process of adding more opportunities.


Contact Details


Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital Road, Karimganj, Assam, India


Getting to Makunda

By air
The nearest airport is Silchar (connected to Kolkata by several flights). Silchar airport is 125 kms from Makunda. Agartala airport is 200 kms by road from Makunda. If the flight to Agartala reaches late, it may be necessary to stay overnight at Agartala as the road is closed at night. 

By train: 
There is a train service from Agartala to Dharmanagar (35 kms from the hospital). There are 3 trains every day and the journey takes 4 hours. By road: Makunda is 100 kms from Silchar (4 hours), 300 kms from Shillong and 400 kms from Guwahati (12 hours) by road (through National Highway 44). Agartala (capital of Tripura) and Aizawl (capital of Mizoram) are about 200 kms away in these states.