Leprosy Bulletin No.104: Don’t Forget Leprosy



Don’t Forget Leprosy

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my appointment as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. I am using this occasion to launch a 10-month campaign aimed at stakeholders called “Don’t forget leprosy.”   Read More


WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination’s role is to make sure that leprosy is not forgotten

Thank you for your time during this crisis period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please tell us a bit about WHO goodwill ambassadors. What difference has it made to have a goodwill ambassador for leprosy elimination? Read more


Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on persons affected by leprosy and their family members

While it is true that there is increased dynamism with regard to the recognition of persons affected by leprosy as rights-holders, as well as greater attention to issues of gender and participation, one cannot deny the substantive setback brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


Look to Global Leprosy Champions for ways to improve post-pandemic leprosy services

Epidemics cause severe disruptions to the delivery of national health services, particularly those related to serving the needs of marginalized communities.  Read more


Twenty years as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination

In 2001, Yohei Sasakawa was appointed Special Ambassador to the Global Alliance for Elimination of Leprosy (GAEL). His appointment was continued in 2004 under the new name WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. Read more


“Don’t forget leprosy” awareness campaign 

The Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative is leveraging the 20th anniversary of the appointment of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination to launch a 10-month-long awareness campaign called “Don’t forget leprosy.” Read more


Webinar series: Don’t forget leprosy

As part of the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen Disease) Initiative’s “Don’t forget leprosy” campaign, a six-part webinar series will kick off in August 2021. The webinars are free of charge and open to all. Read more