“Don’t forget leprosy” campaign webinar series #6 (7 June) : Elimination of Leprosy: Initiatives in the Americas and Africa

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Even in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, efforts are being made in many South American and African countries to address the issue of leprosy. This webinar will focus on issues in South America and Africa, and will invite Ministry of Health officials, NGO representative and representative of organization of persons affected by leprosy to share the experiences and challenges in their countries and the key issues that must not be forgotten.




  • Date: Tuesday, 7th June, 2022
  • Time: 11:00-12:30 (UTC)
  • Duration: 90 min.
  • Language: English
  • Simultaneous Interpretation: French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, Bahasa, Nepali and Bengali.
  • Program :
    1. Message from Special Guest (00:00-00:05)
      Dr. Carissa F. Etienne
      Director, Pan American Health Organization / Regional Office for the Americas of WHO
    2. WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s 20th Anniversary Video (0:05-0:15)
    3. Country Presentations (0:15-1:00)
      i.From Brazil
      Dr. Carmelita Ribeiro Filha Coriolano, General Coordinator for Disease Elimination Surveillance, Department of Chronic Conditions and Sexually Transmitted Infections
      Health Surveillance Secretariat, Ministry of Health in Brazil
      ii.From Angola
      Dr. Ernesto Afonso, National Programme Coordinator, Ministry of Health in Angola
      iii.From Nigeria
      Dr Joseph Ngozi Chukwu, Medical Advisor, German Leprosy Relief Association in Nigeria
      iv.From Colombia
      Ms. Lucrecia Vasquez Acevedo, President, Felehansen – National Federation of the Associations of the Persons Affected by Leprosy in Colombia
      v. Messages
      Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination
    4. Q & A session with WHO Goodwill Ambassador (1:00-1:25)
    5. Conclusion and Way forward (1:25-1:30)
      Prof. Takahiro Nanri, Executive Director, Sasakawa Health Foundation