Leprosy Bulletin 118


State leaders make a difference

On Nov. 12, Bangladesh held the “2nd National Leprosy Conference 2023” in Dhaka. The event follows up on the first National Leprosy Conference, held in December 2019,… Read More


Bangladesh’s Second National Leprosy Conference

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with support from the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative, held the 2nd National Leprosy Conference in Dhaka on Nov. 12, 2023. Read more


New “reparation law” in Brazil comes with official apology to children separated from their parents

On Nov. 24, 2023, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva marked a significant chapter in Brazil’s history by promulgating Law 14736 and calling it a “historical reparation for the mistakes of the Brazilian state.” Read more


New UN Special Rapporteur invites all to explore together ways to achieve social justice

On Nov. 1, 2023, I was appointed Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy (Hansen’s disease) and their family members. Read more


Bergen holds world’s first international film festival on Hansen’s disease

The Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative, in collaboration with the University of Bergen and the Leprosy Museum, worked with the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) to offer the Armauer Hansen International Film Festival Oct. 24–26, 2023. Read more


Goodwill Ambassador visits Bergen, Norway, and Dhaka, Bangladesh

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa made a whirlwind trip to Bergen, Norway, to attend the opening of the Armauer Hansen International Film Festival on Oct. 24, 2023. Read more


New book published about the work of the Goodwill Ambassador

In 2001, Yohei Sasakawa was appointed WHO Special Ambassador to the Global Alliance for Elimination of Leprosy (GAEL). Following GAEL’s dissolution, the appointment was retitled WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. Read more