Leprosy Bulletin 120


Pursuing zero leprosy in Asia and Africa

The Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF), established in 1974 under the umbrella of The Nippon Foundation for taking action toward a leprosy-free world, will mark its 50th anniversary on May 4, 2024. Read More


Accelerating efforts toward elimination in Comoros

The Union of the Comoros is an archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean’s Mozambique Channel, which separates Madagascar from mainland Africa. In 2022, the country’s population of approximately 837,000 people had 263 new cases of leprosy, of which 76 (28.9%) were child cases. Read more


Empowering leprosy-impacted communities through education in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s education system spans primary, secondary, higher secondary, and tertiary levels. Despite efforts to improve access and quality, dropout rates persist as a significant challenge. Read more


Breaking the cycle of leprosy and poor mental health

Inequalities in healthcare, barriers preventing access to information, and disparities in education and socioeconomic opportunities inevitably mean that the world’s most vulnerable communities face the greatest impact of poor mental health. Read more


His Holiness Dalai Lama–Sasakawa Scholarship supports youth in India’s leprosy colonies

The Dalai Lama–Sasakawa Scholarship was established in 2015 to support young people in India’s self-settled leprosy colonies to pursue post-secondary education for a professional career. Read more


Evarestus Lilibeth Nwakaego, National Coordinator, Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN)

To stimulate thinking and inspire new approaches, the Leprosy Bulletin occasionally asks a person affected by leprosy or an individual involved in leprosy-related work for a list of a few things that they wish could happen. Read her wish


Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN)

Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN) is a non-profit, grassroots association of women and children affected by Hansen’s disease in the southern part of Nigeria. Its five-person board of trustees comprises four females and one male. Read more