Surol had been in existence prior to 1971 but was registered as an Approved Charity in 1973. It is run by a Board of Management (Volunteers) and now continues under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, whose appointee is the Hon. General Secretary to the Board of Management.
SUROL is the only functioning non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka which is committed to bringing some ray of hope and happiness to people affected by leprosy. Leprosy if detected early is curable and not contagious.
SUROL’s main focus is to Uplift and Rehabilitate persons affected by Leprosy, who because of ignorance or otherwise have deformities as a result of this disease. Leprosy, if allowed remain untreated, could cause irreversible damage and deformity and often social stigmatisation and drop in self-esteem to afflicted persons and their family members, even after the disease itself is cured.