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Global Appeal
To end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy

Every year, in conjunction with World Leprosy Day on the last Sunday in January, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, leads a Global appeal to end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy.

Due to visible deformities caused, leprosy was feared for many centuries as a contagious disease. However, in the 1980s, multidrug therapy was developed that ensured, if the treatment was given soon enough, the disease could be cured without any remaining effect. Further, as leprosy has a very low rate of infection, 16 million people have recovered from this disease since the multidrug therapy began.

Elimination of leprosy as a public health problem is defined by the WHO as a prevalence of less than 1 person affected per 10,000 of the population. In 1985, 122 countries had not achieved elimination, whereas currently there is only one country left (Brazil).

From a medical aspect, leprosy issues are moving toward being resolved; however, from a social aspect, it is still deeply rooted related to stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy. Across the world, correct information pertaining to leprosy is not shared, which leads to delayed medical attention and societal discrimination continues as a vicious cycle. Due to this discrimination, individuals who have recovered from leprosy and their family members cannot obtain work, get married, or received an education, forcing them to exist on the margins of society.

The Global Appeal is made to raise awareness in society of correct information regarding leprosy, including that is a curable disease with free treatment available and that discrimination is unjustifiable. The first Global Appeal in 2006.

The Global Appeal 2017 will be launched on January 30, 2017 in Delhi, with the support of the Inter Parliamentary Union.

Endorsement of Global Appeal to end stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy (in chronological order)

Global Appeal 2006: endorsed by world leaders including Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, former US President Jimmy Carter, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Global Appeal 2007: Representatives of people affected by leprosy from 13 countries.

Global Appeal 2008:  Human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Save the Children.

Global Appeal 2009: Leaders of religious faiths

Global Appeal 2010: World’s top executives including Toyota Motor Corporation, Virgin Management, Tata Group, Johnson & Johnson, Renault S.A. and Novartis.

Global Appeal 2011:  Heads of over 100 leading universities

Global Appeal 2012: World Medical Association and the Medical Associations of 50 countries

Global Appeal 2013:  International Bar Association and 46 Bar Associations in 40 countries

Global Appeal 2014: the National Human Rights Institutions of 37 countries and 2 regions

Global Appeal 2015: the International Council of Nurses and National Nursing Associations and 132 national bodies.

Global Appeal 2016: Junior Chambers International was organised in Japan. Dignitaries including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie Abe and Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki and around 300 people from 13 countries attended.

S-ILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards
Leprosy affected families are often dependant on donations and begging for their survival. Social ostracization is further accentuated by the consequent economic deprivation, pushing them further on to the margins of society. SILF provides financial assistance for sustainable income generation through livelihood projects identified by the people themselves. SILF supports them with trainings and technical assistance, to ensure that income generating activities are viable and sustainable. The livelihood projects supported by SILF, by promoting and creating self-employment develop economic independence amongst the targeted population that eventually leads to their mainstreaming.

SILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards, to be presented on 29th January, this year are usually given away on the occasion of Anti-Leprosy Day. In India, 30th January, the Martyr’s Day, is observed as Anti Leprosy Day in recognition of the selfless service of Mahatma Gandhi for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy (also known as the Hansen’s disease). Rising to Dignity Awards recognize the dedication and hard work of those running the livelihood enterprises, which has enabled them to make a successful transition from begging to dignified livelihood.

SILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards recognize the three best livelihood initiatives running over the last four years by beneficiaries of SILF’s livelihood program. It consists of a Trophy, a Citation and a Cash Award of 2016 ₹ 1,00,000. The Colony and State Leaders as well as the Mentors of the selected projects also receive a Special Citation for their contribution to the success of the Projects.


S-ILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards
Leprosy affected families are often dependant on donations and begging for their survival. Social ostracization is further accentuated by the consequent economic deprivation, pushing them further on to the margins of society. SILF provides financial assistance for sustainable income generation through livelihood projects identified by the people themselves. SILF supports them with trainings and technical assistance, to ensure that income generating activities are viable and sustainable. The livelihood projects supported by SILF, by promoting and creating self-employment develop economic independence amongst the targeted population that eventually leads to their mainstreaming.

SILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards, to be presented on 29th January, this year are usually given away on the occasion of Anti-Leprosy Day. In India, 30th January, the Martyr’s Day, is observed as Anti Leprosy Day in recognition of the selfless service of Mahatma Gandhi for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy (also known as the Hansen’s disease). Rising to Dignity Awards recognize the dedication and hard work of those running the livelihood enterprises, which has enabled them to make a successful transition from begging to dignified livelihood.

SILF’s Rising to Dignity Awards recognize the three best livelihood initiatives running over the last four years by beneficiaries of SILF’s livelihood program. It consists of a Trophy, a Citation and a Cash Award of 2016 ₹ 1,00,000. The Colony and State Leaders as well as the Mentors of the selected projects also receive a Special Citation for their contribution to the success of the Projects.