In the Koloniaal Verslag of 1897 mention is made of the decision of the local government of Pontianak (Western Borneo) to establish a leprosy institution according to the wish of the population. The same population agreed to guarantee the costs of living of the patients. At the end of the year 1897 in this institution seven patients were nursed.
Similar institutions were established at the town of Singkawang and on the island of Temadjoe. Both these institutions were found in the same Residency of Western Borneo. The island of Temadjoe was situated at about the same distance from Singkawang and Pontianak.