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Dr Etsuko KITA, Chair

Dr. Etsuko KITA,

Some 40 years have passed since the foundation was established by Ryoichi Sasakawa, the founding chairman of The Nippon Foundation, and Professor Morizo Ishidate. During that time, it has benefited from the concerted efforts of many people, including late Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara and Professor Kenzo Kiikuni, the current senior advisor. To all I would like to express my sincere appreciation for their support and cooperation.

I intend to make full use of the knowledge and experience I have gained in my career to see that our activities as a public interest incorporated foundation are more effective than ever.

Our foundation is engaged in three areas of endeavor: Hansen’s disease; palliative care; and public health. We are committed to achieving a world without Hansen’s disease and its related problems. In the field of palliative care, we are working to enhance the quality of life of individuals with all diseases and their family members, and promoting home care as a way of providing better health care in an aging society. Regarding public health, our focus is on nurturing human resources that make a contribution to global health care services.

Through these wide-ranging activities, Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation is working to realize a better life for each individual and a better world for all.

I thank you and look forward to your continued support.

Etsuko Kita MD, PhD, Chair