WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy visits Timor-Leste

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy visits Timor-Leste

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, with his delegation visited Timor Leste on the 19-21 May 2010. The objective of his visit was to closely look on the progress of the efforts on elimination of leprosy as public health problem in Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is one of the countries in South East Asia region yet to achieve the elimination target, as Nepal just declares it’s elimination in early 2010. During his visit in Timor-Leste, Mr. Sasakawa observed the volunteers training on ‘leprosy case referral’ to health centres, visited enclave district of Oe-cusse to meet with people affected by leprosy, and also visited the office of Leprosy Mission International (TLMI). His main message was that there should be no discrimination against people affected by leprosy.

Mr. Sasakawa also participated in the celebration of the 8th anniversary of ‘Restoration of Independence’. He received an award, the Medal of Merit, from Dr Jose Ramos Horta, President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, as a person who contributed to the health development of Timor-Leste.

Related link: http://www.smhf.or.jp/e/newsletter/044_06.html

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