One of the highlights of the recent symposium on leprosy and human rights that took place in Morocco was to see a veteran activist for the dignity and rights of people affected by leprosy from India reach out to the president of a fledging organization of people affected by leprosy from the host country.
Dr. P.K. Gopal is president of IDEA India and the past president (now advisor) to the organization today known as the Association of People Affected by Leprosy. Naima Azzouzi is a mother of two who heads Apamh and is filled with a desire to improve the quality of life of people affected by the disease in Morocco.
India sees tens of thousands of new cases of leprosy each year; Morocco sees only a few dozen. But despite the difference in scale, the issues people affected face are the same when it comes to aspiring to a life of dignity, free from discrimination and with access to fundamental human rights.
“Get in touch with us,” Dr. Gopal said to Ms. Azzouzi. “Speak with us. You can learn from us. We can learn from each other.”