Who we are

Our Story
Amici di Raoul Follereau, affectionately shortened to AIFO, was founded in India in 1998 by Dr. V. Ekambaram. As we said earlier, we are a Non-Governmental Organisation in Bangalore, serving as the Coordination Office for Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau, Bologna, Italy. Our inspiration is Raoul Follereau (1903-1977), a social reformer who devoted his life to the upliftment of people with leprosy. His work lives on through many organizations across the world—all honored to call themselves Friends of Raoul Follereau or Amici di Raoul Follereau.

Our objective is to emulate Follereau’s approach of sharing love and serving people with leprosy, within different families and communities. While our early vision was focused on the eradication of leprosy through early identification and treatment, our efforts soon grew to include surveys, educational programmes and community-acceptance initiatives.

​​​​​​​Our reach expanded to cover the North-east and Karnataka.

Our Vision

An inclusive society of sharing love

Our Mission

In collaboration with the National Consortium of Civil Society Organisations, and in partnership with the Government of India, we work towards rebuilding leprosy affected communities in the country, especially those in north-eastern states of India.

Our Legal Status :​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​AIFO India is a public charitable trust, registered under Indian Trust Act No.117/IV/290/1998-1999/JNR/BLR on April 10 th 1998.

We are also registered under:
U/S 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 ( Registered Number : Trust/718/10A/VolA-I/A-780/98-99/CIT-II and dated August 10 th 1998)
Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 ( Order Number : DIT(E)BLR/80G(R)/ 185/AAATA2183Q/ITO ( E) –I/VOL 2008-2009 dated August 2008)
The FCRA Regulations of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India​​​​​​

AIFO India Team

AIFO's team in India comprises of well trained medical professionals, enthusiastic & dedicated individuals of society with vast experience in community service.
Dr Jose Manikkathan

Dr Jose Manikkathan


Dr Jose (PhD) leads the AIFO team with experience from 30 years of Community service and involvement with AIFO India since 1998.

Dr Manimozhi Natarajan

Dr Manimozhi Natarajan

Medical Deputy Director

Dr Mani (MBBS), is an expert in the field of Leprosy with over 35 years of on field/ community healing . Leading the Leprosy Health programs since 2001.

Dr Jayanth Kumar YB

Deputy Director, Programmes

Equipped with 30 years of experience and a PhD, Dr Jayanth has been a part of AIFO India since 2000. Dr.Jayanth is Head of Programs at AIFO India.

Patrick A Kempu

Patrick A Kempu

Deputy Director, Finance & Administration

With a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, Patrick has 40 years of experience with several organisations and has been with AIFO India since 2001.

Dr Reymon Roy Lanong

Medical Coordinator

A doctor (MBBS) with 37 years of experience, Dr Reymon has been associated with AIFO India since 2010.

Our Partners


Join us in rebuilding communites across India!

We partner, both locally and internationally, with respected organisations who share our beliefs and commitment to leprosy control and disability support.

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Awards, Recognitions & Affiliations

Official partner with Government of India – National Leprosy Eradication Program - WHO Partner

Received Govt. of Assam Appreciation Certificate 2015

Received Govt. of Meghalaya Appreciation Certificate 2015

Accredited by ISO 9001: 2015 - 2018

Global Giving vetted organisation: 2018

Accredited by Credibility Alliance, India

Accredited by GuideStar India for Good Governance

Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities (BRIDGE). No: 3798529567.

Member of: Indo Italian Chamber of commerce

Member of: Council of European Union Chamber of Commerce in India

Member of: Disability NGOs Alliance, Karnataka (DNA)

Registered with Directorate of Women and Child Welfare and Department for Empowerment of Differently abled and Senior citizens

AIFO India

Board and Advisory

Dr. Daisy Kandathil

Dr. Daisy Kandathil

Dr. Daisy Kandathil, doctor by profession and social worker by passion. Dr Daisy graduated in Medicine from University of Rome and specialized in Tropical Medicine. She practiced as a doctor in two missionary hospitals and did a pilot project on leprosy and tuberculosis, included in a basic medicine program in early 1980sIn the year 2015, Dr Daisy honoured by Follereau-Damien Prize, awarded by the Cercle de Solidarité Follereau-Damien for her selfless services. She is serving Amici di Raoul Follereau since 1998.

T V Srinivasan

T V Srinivasan

T V Srinivasan is a Founder of Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the blind (SRMAB). He is a teacher and a social worker with more than 5 decades of experience. He has an extensive experience in disability development and social inclusion projects. He has honoured several times for his contributions in the field. He has received National Award from Honourable President of India Shri Venkataraman for service for person with disabilities in the year 1989, National Award from Hon President of India Shri A.P.J Abdul Kalam in the year 2005. T V Srinivasan is serving a as trustee for Amici Di Raoul Follereau since 1998.

Dr. J Alexander

Dr. J Alexander, IAS (Retired), Former Chief Secretary, Karnataka State, and former Cabinet Minister for Tourism of Karnataka State. He is a social worker contributing for many organisations as follows, President of Bangalore City YMCA for the last 30 years, Advisory Board member in Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Board of governors of Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore and Chairman of its branch in KOCHI, Kerala. Dr. J Alexander is serving as a trustee of Amici di Raoul Follereau since 1998.

Mrs Jayashree P Kunju

Mrs Jayashree P Kunju is serving as a trustee of Amici Di Raoul Follereau from 2017. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a founding partner of iBAS Consulting Pvt Ltd a company based in Bangalore. Jayashree is a visiting faculty member for several Business Schools and Commerce Colleges. She herself suffered from leprosy and believes that a significant aspect of life that altered her thinking and future. She loves being in the work of leprosy and her vision is of a world where people affected by leprosy, their families are treated with dignity.

Dr Nagendra Prasad

Dr Nagendra Prasad

Dr Nagendra Prasad is a doctor and well-known social worker in Bangalore. He is famous for his work with people affected by leprosy, people living with HIV and Prisoners. Dr Prasad has initiated the 45 marriages among the people affected by leprosy in past two decades. He is associated with many other organisations and people movements like Project vision, Summanahalli etc. Dr Prasad serving as a trustee of Amici Di Raoul Follereau since 2002.

Ms Vijayalakshmi

Ms Vijayalakshmi, is a young, dynamic women who endorses financial empowerment. She is an MBA graduate and financial expert who has more than 10 years of experience. Presently, she is heading the finance in a reputed engineering college in Bangalore. She is highly motivated to spend her expertise on the developmental sector. In the year 2018, Ms Vijayalakshmi joined as trustee Amici di Raoul Follereau.

Ms Emily Kizhakekara

Ms Emily Kizhakekara

Ms Emily Kizhakekara is a retired nurse who is an active member of International medical association(IMA), Kerala. She wa working with IMA in Leprosy and CBR project 1991 to 1998. She rendered her service in Oncology after doing her specialization in Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. She also have 15 years of service experience in Oncology ward of Holy Spirit Hospital, Mumbai as Ward Manager. From 2017, Ms Emily Kizhakekara is serving as a trustee of Amici Di Raoul Follereau. Her expertise and commitment is an asset to the board.

Mrs. Anna Mary

Mrs. Anna Mary Josephine is a Young, dynamic woman who endorses women empowerment. She is a Law Post graduate and training expert who has more than 10 years of experience. She completed her LLB at Sheshadripuram Law College and LLM at Karnataka state open University. Anna Mary Completed her MSW at Periyar University, Diploma in counselling and psychology at Anugraha University Dindugal , Tamil Nadu. She is currently working at ECHO (Local NGO) as a Programme Co-ordinator handling counselling and legal advisor. Anna Mary is highly motivated and committed to share her expertise for the organization. In the year 2019 she joined as trustee Amici di Raoul Follereau. She supports the organisation and provides advice on legal aspects.


Dr. Jose

Dr. Jose has been Director of AIFO India since 2001. He holds a Ph.D in Sociology, pioneer in the rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy with community based approach. For over 30+ years, Dr. Jose is leading the battle for leprosy eradication working in several capacities including national and international leadership positions, an expert CSOs facilitator, working in the public health space, as a research lead and as a consultant for monitoring and evaluation.