Fontilles is a non-profit foundation that works for the right to health and fights against the social exclusion suffered by sick and disabled people, especially those affected by leprosy and other neglected diseases related to poverty. This work is carried out in Spain, in The Fontilles Social-Health Complex, and in other countries, where there are people who suffer exclusion and social rejection because of the disabilities or diseases they endure linked to poverty.
Fontilles started its activity in 1902. The founders, the Jesuit Father Carlos Ferrís and the lawyer Joaquín Ballester, worried about the life conditions of people affected by leprosy in Spain, decided to build a place where they could receive the necessary attention and recover their dignity.
The San Francisco de Borja Sanatorium (today, Fontilles Social-Health Complex) located in Vall de Laguar (Alicante), opened its doors on 13th January 1909.
The Sanatorium continues to be the National Leprosy Reference Centre in Spain and in the world, carrying out research and training in leprosy and other neglected diseases.
At present, the Sanatorium houses the Ferrís Hospital and the Borja Geriatric Center, centers where we ensure a professional healthcare of the highest quality, in accordance with the values that inspire all the actions of the Foundation.
The Borja Geriatric Center welcomes elderly people with high levels of dependency and great physical and mental deterioration. The Ferrís Hospital is a medium and long-stay hospital specialized in the care and rehabilitation of people in postoperative periods, convalescence of diseases, chronic pathologies, cerebrovascular accidents, etc.
To the extent that leprosy was controlled in Spain, in the 1980s, Fontilles started international cooperation. We carry out health cooperation projects focused on leprosy and other neglected diseases.
Fontilles also carries out sensitization and education for development campaigns to promote greater solidarity and awareness of the reality of other countries. These campaigns aim to promote a change in attitude fostering the solidarity and respect for people who suffer leprosy or other neglected diseases.
Institutions with which Fontilles collaborates through agreements or other modalities