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Use of biomaterial scaffolds as drug carriers for infected wounds treatment is of wide scope. A series of curcumin/TiO2 complex loaded chitosan scaffolds are fabricated for the same. Synthesized wound dressing material is screened for their morphology, water absorption capacity; in vitro drug release patterns, in vitro antibacterial studies against gram +ve and a gram -ve bacteria, cell viability for 3T3-L1 cell lines as well as in vivo MRSA infected wound healing capability. Formation of curcumin/TiO2 complex was confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies, the anchoring pattern of them on the chitosan scaffold was analyzed by FESEM and EDS mapping. All membranes showed a better performance towards in vitro antibacterial and in vivo wound healing properties than the control ones in 14 days. The bacterial count on wound for a regular time period was measured and the scaffold with higher amount of curcumin in its complex is found to give the better performance, along with skin regeneration due to synergistic effect of curcumin and TiO2.