New Delhi, January 24– In run-up to the run-up to World Leprosy Day on January 26, Japan-based Sasakawa Health Foundation has announced the start of its first-ever social media campaign with organizations of persons affected by leprosy.
To raise awareness of leprosy via Facebook and other platforms on Sunday, 17 people’s organizations of 16 countries are linking up under a common logo and slogan, an official statement said.
The project is being coordinated and supported by Sasakawa Health Foundation.
Also known as Hansen’s disease, leprosy is an infectious disease that mainly affects the skin and peripheral nerves.
Over 200,000 new cases are reported worldwide each year.
Using the slogan “A Hansen’s Disease-Free World with Knowledge and Love” and the hashtag #WHDD2020, the joint action for World Leprosy Day 2020 grew out of regional meetings of people’s organizations on leprosy held in Africa, Asia and Latin America in 2019.
These meetings, together with a Global Forum held in Manila in September 2019, were hosted by the Office of Joint Program on Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) of Sasakawa Health Foundation and The Nippon Foundation.