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2014-03-27 04:20:50

TOKYO, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It would be hard to overstate the rapturous welcome given to the Dalai Lama when he visited a community of people affected by leprosy in India recently. The feeling was clearly mutual. "Dear brothers and sisters, I am extremely happy to come here and see you," the spiritual leader told a crowd of 500 at the Kasturba Gram Colony in Tahirpur Leprosy Complex, New Delhi, on March 20. After clasping hands with as many people as time permitted, the...

2014-01-30 04:21:57

TOKYO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Appeal 2014 to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy was launched in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 27, endorsed by national human rights institutions from 39 countries and regions. India, Brazil and Indonesia, which together contribute the most cases of leprosy in the world, were among those whose human rights bodies declared: "We uphold the right of people affected by leprosy to live in dignity, free from...

2013-12-10 04:22:32

TOKYO, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The leaders of organizations of people affected by leprosy from nine countries and Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, have written to Pope Francis urging the Catholic Church to speak out against leprosy-related discrimination and labels that perpetuate stigma. The letter has been prompted by the Pope's use of the term "leprosy" in reference to aspects of the Church that he seeks...

2013-09-20 04:20:42

TOKYO, Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An international symposium on ending discrimination related to leprosy was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 18. Sponsored by The Nippon Foundation, the symposium brought together some 200 people affected by leprosy, human rights experts, and representatives of NGOs and international bodies from 13 countries, including eight African nations. At an opening ceremony, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced that the...

2013-07-24 08:29:06

TOKYO, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Leprosy Summit, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, opened in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 24 with the participation of health ministers and other representatives from 17 nations reporting more than 1,000 new cases of leprosy annually. Concerned by the fact that new cases continue to occur, the participants issued on July 24 a Bangkok declaration calling for further efforts to...

2013-01-25 00:20:35

TOKYO, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nippon Foundation held a launch ceremony in London on January 24 for the "Global Appeal 2013" designed end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy, calling for the immediate abolition of laws and systems still discriminating against patients and recovered patients despite the fact that Hansen's disease has became curable. (Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201301259538/) The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa,...