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WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination visits Brazil, the only country yet to achieve elimination

Topics 2015.10.16

02キオロMr. Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination visited Brazil, the only country that has not yet achieved the WHO target of elimination, for two weeks from August 4. Focusing mainly on the Mato Grosso and Pernambuco, states where leprosy is prevalent, he met and exchanged views with senior officials concerning leprosy elimination measures.

Major activities during his visit included the following.

August 6

⑥個人宅での新規の患者を見つけるための診察・Attended the "Leprosy Dialogue Event" sponsored by  Novartis Foundation.

・Met with Minister of Health, Dr. Arthur Chioro and Vice     Minister Dr. Antonia Nardi. (See photo above.)

・Met with Mr. Jorge Vianna, Upper House parliamentarian of State of Acre.

August 7

・Met with Mr. Antonio Jose Ferreira, National Secretary for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Human Rights.

MORHANの会合に出席August 8

・Met with Dr. Manfred Gobel of the German Leprosy and TB Relief Association (GLRA/DAHW).

August 9

・Accompanied a nurse, Mr. Mello in the State of Mato Grosso on medical examinations and home visits to search for leprosy patients. (See photo.)

August 10

・Visited the International Association for Integrity Dignity and Economic Development (IDEA).

・Met with Leoardo Albuquerque, Mato Grosso parlimentarian.

August 12

・ Met with Dr. Iran Costa Director of Health, State of Pernambuco.

August 13

・ Visited Hospital Geral da Mirueira, a leprosy hospital.

・ Attended the meeting of the Movement of Reintegration

of Persons Afflicted by Hansen's Disease (MORHAN)

(See photo below.)