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Commemorating the World Leprosy Day: 2014 in Ethiopia

Stigma and discrimination against leprosy is deeply rooted throughout the world. Ethiopia is no exception.
Many people affected by leprosy face day-to-day discrimination yet today.
Over 4,000 new cases of leprosy are registered annually for close to a decade
in Ethiopia. However, the government, NGOs and CBOs’ interest are more
focused on HIV/AIDS, malaria, poverty and other diseases and social issues.
The World Leprosy Day is commemorated on the last Sunday of January,
and many conduct awareness raising campaign and other activities
in many parts of the world.
Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation supported the
Ethiopian National Association of People Affected by Leprosy (ENAPAL)
in conducting the World Leprosy Day campaign in January, 2014.
ENAPAL branches carry out awareness raising campaign on this day
and every year, ENAPAL as a national association conducts
one national campaign in one city.
This year, it was Shashemane in Oromia.
Over the course of 2 days, street campaign, panel discussion with the mayor,
minister, politicians, religious and community leaders, TV programme,
short text messages sent through mobile phone and many other activities were
carried out.
It ended with a big success, with more than 17,000 people participating in
the event!
Two thumbs up to ENAPAL!
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