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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

NEWS: Leprosy and Human Dignity

Southeast Asian networking project gathers momentum

A program on leprosy and human dignity launched in June 2009 in cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (ASEC) is proceeding with the support of The Nippon Foundation.

Renamed the "Leprosy and Human Dignity Program - South East Asia," the program has two key objectives. First, to help build and empower domestic and regional networks of people affected by leprosy in order to promote communication and cooperation between them; and second, to foster partnerships with non-leprosy-affected communities and organizations, such as human rights groups, community development NGOs and the media, for the purpose of sensitizing society to leprosy issues.

Grants are being offered to organizations that submit proposals for projects that fulfill the goals of the program. For more information, contact program director, Adi Yosep (


HANDA Rehabilitation and Welfare Association was one of six NGOs selected as Philanthropy Stars when The One Foundation announced its 2010 philanthropy grants in Beijing in November.Founded by actor and maritial arts expert Jet Li, the foundation selects award winners on the basis of credibility, execution, sustainability and professionalism.

HANDA's efforts over the preceeding 14 years to reduce stigma and discrimation against people affected by leprosy in China were unanimously acknowledged by the panel of judges. HANDA also polled top in online voting.

Said HANDA's secretary general, Dr. Michael Chen, "This achievement would not have been possible without the support of our partners and the work of our volunteers. We will regard this as another starting point in our effort to make a better world and build a better future for people affected by leprosy and others in need."


Global Appeal 2011 to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy will be launched at Peking University in Beijing, China, on 25 January, 2011.

The annual appeal, the sixth to date, is being endorsed by the heads of approximately 100 universities from around the world. See our next issue for a full report.