Navigation Links
Stop Use of Word 'Leper'
Date:1/26/2009

Use condemned as discriminatory at Global Appeal

LONDON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, has called for an end to the common use of the word "leper."

Speaking at the launch in London of the fourth Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy, held to coincide with World Leprosy Day, he said that the word "carries the meaning of a pariah, or social outcast."

Mr Sasakawa said that people affected by leprosy have demanded that the term not be used. "Unfortunately its use continues to this day in the news media, including the UK media, impacting on the dignity and human rights of people with the disease."

This year's Global Appeal has been publicly supported by the world's religious leaders - appealing to the power and influence of religion to change deeply discriminatory attitudes in society as experienced by people affected by leprosy. Sixteen religious leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, the Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulamas, the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care at the Vatican, have signed the Appeal.

Mr Sasakawa, who is also Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, pointed out that "since an effective cure became available in the mid-1980's, 16 million people have been cured of leprosy worldwide. But, if we include family members, perhaps as many as 100 million people face leprosy-related discrimination in some form, often on a daily basis."

In June 2008, the UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to eliminate stigma and discrimination against leprosy-affected people.

However, in contravention of the resolution, several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have regulations restricting the issue of work or residence permits to people with leprosy.

Mr Sasakawa said that removing "discrimination from society requires the co-operation of society's most influential members. Therefore I ask the religious leaders who have signed this year's Global Appeal to convey its message to their believers and followers."

    Contact:
    Keiko Mori
    The Nippon Foundation
    Tel: +81-3-6229-5131
    e-mail: k_mori@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Nippon Foundation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/19/2017)... , ... February 19, 2017 , ... ProBrand Glitch is a set of 30 glitch ... Glitch users can easily reveal any logo with a glitch reveal in just a few ... over the style and animation of each preset. Use these presets to add a uniquely ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Culture of Change for Devicemakers , Sponsored by Axendia, **FDAnews Free Webinar**, ... , Are manufacturers looking to reduce their regulatory burden? Pay dividends ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... , Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Vallecillos experiments SculpSure, ... Vallecillos says, "Traditionally, plastic surgery has been centered around that idea that to ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 18, 2017 , ... ... latest information and contact points to easily connect elderly veterans of America's armed ... and elder-care funding. It also conveys material on this year's increase in the ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... sustainable systems change designed to further positively impact the health and wellness of ... has long considered it our duty to seriously consider releasing our assets beyond ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... , February 20, 2017 ... reach USD 58.4 billion by 2025, according to ... The market is driven by technological advancements in ... growth opportunities to the market. For instance, MediLabSecure, ... aim of identifying emerging viruses and pathogens in ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017   Alberty   ... Batavia, NY has announced a significant ... compounding and wellness programs to servicing local Veteran Affairs ... on budgets and an increased need to secure cost ... looking to source locally for their goods & services. ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... 2017   AC Group Inc. , a leading ... vendors in the PMS/EHR healthcare marketplace, will exhibit the ... to succeed in this ecosystem at HIMSS,17. ... obtained from over 200 ACOs, compared and analyzed an ... companies that are providing different pieces of Population Health ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: