Leprosy Bulletin No.107: “Don’t Forget Leprosy” on World Leprosy Day



“Don’t Forget Leprosy” on world leprosy day

In August 2021, I launched an awareness campaign called “Don’t forget leprosy.” The slogan is meant to be a reminder that persons affected by leprosy and their families continue to experience stigma and discrimination,  Read More


Change the system rather than looking for solutions within the system

Based on the idea that “the poor themselves can create a poverty-free world” as long as we “free them from the chains that we have put around them,” Professor Muhammad Yunus developed a system of “microcredit” Read more


Entrepreneurial success in Bangladesh

Maksuda Khatun’s life story exemplifies what can happen when an individual is given just enough financial or material support to start a business. At the age of 18, Maksuda noticed a white patch on her hand. With help from Lepra, Read more


“Don’t forget leprosy” campaign update

World Leprosy Day has been observed annually on the last Sunday of January since 1954. The purpose of this day is to increase public awareness of leprosy (Hansen’s disease). Read more


A month of activity for Global Appeal 2022

Initiated by the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination in 2006, the annual Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy takes place annually in January in conjunction with World Leprosy Day. Read more


We need to hear what girls and women affected by Hansen’s disease have to say

In 2021, in the face of the political-health crisis produced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the violation of the right to health, the women of DPW-Morhan together with Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur, decided to listen to and amplify the voices of women… Read more


Three regional meetings held in preparation for first Global Youth Forum

The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, now working together as the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative, have been supporting the empowerment of persons who have experienced leprosy for nearly 30 years. Read more


With World Leprosy Day approaching, the Leprosy Bulletin asked two people involved in “Don’t forget leprosy” activities for three wishes related to how they would like the world to change for persons affected by leprosy. Maksuda Khatun, who successfully makes a living raising chickens after being diagnosed with leprosy at age 18, shared her wishes from Bangladesh. Dr. Michael Chen, a leader of HANDA and an organizer of the Asia Youth Forum, offered his wishes from China.  Read more