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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

NEWS: Sasakawa Reappointed Goodwill Ambassasdor

New term runs from June 2008 to May 2010.

The World Health Organization has extended Yohei Sasakawa's term as Goodwill Ambassador for a further two years. His reappointment was announced on May 22 in Geneva.

In this role, Sasakawa will continue to promote and strengthen efforts to eliminate leprosy as a public health problem in the few countries where it remains one, work to reduce stigma and discrimination suffered by persons affected by leprosy and enhance public awareness of WHO's global strategy.

Ambassador Sasakawa assured WHO Director- General Dr. Margaret Chan that he would do his utmost to help achieve a leprosy-free world.


Following an incident last November in which participants in a leadership workshop for people affected by leprosy were evicted from a hotel in Indonesia, the groups that organized the seminar held a leprosy awareness workshop in May for hotel managers in Makassar, the city in South Sulawesi Province where the incident occurred.

About 50 managers attended the YTLI-PerMaTa workshop, designed to sensitize them to leprosy and leprosy-related issues.

Describing the event as a success, one of the organizers, PerMaTa's Adi Yosep, said, "All who attended expressed their commitment to stopping discrimination toward people affected by leprosy, and their willingness to disseminate information about leprosy to other hotels."


The Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Leprosy (MORHAN), an NGO founded in Brazil in 1981, has won the 24th Sasakawa Health Prize..

Accepting the award from WHO Director General Margaret Chan and President of the 61st World Health Assembly Dr. Leslie Ramsammy in Geneva, MORHAN Vice National Coordinator Cristiano Torres said, "In our 27 years, MORHAN has never received such an important award."