Ambassador will call on countries to strengthen efforts against leprosy in meetings with delegations attending WHA
TOKYO, May 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa arrives in Geneva, Switzerland on May 23 for the 75th World Health Assembly, where he will call for renewed efforts against leprosy that have been disrupted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the opening of the assembly on May 22he was presented in his absence with the WHO Director-General’s Award for Global Health in recognition of his contribution to advancing global health. In a short video message, Sasakawa expressed his gratitude for the prestigious award and invited delegates to join him on the last mile to end leprosy.
During his stay in GenevaSasakawa will be meeting with delegations from 18 countries, including those from India, Brazil, Indonesiathe Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Ethiopia that are among the WHO’s 23 priority countries for leprosy, to encourage their further efforts against the disease and the discrimination it causes. (See list of the scheduled meetings below.)
Sasakawa, who is the chairman of The Nippon Foundation, has been a regular visitor to the World Health Assembly in his capacity as WHO Goodwill Ambassador, but this will be his first participation since 2018.
Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, activities against leprosy in many countries have …