Second is to empower people affected by leprosy to speak out themselves because

Second is to empower people affected by leprosy to

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Second is to empower people affected by leprosy to speak out themselves, because they speak from the heart. Around the world, this is happening. But it is not clear whether society is fully prepared to listen to their message. Finally, in order to change public attitudes toward leprosy and people affected by it, we need to reach every corner of society with information about the disease, through education, awareness campaigns, media coverage and social programs. This is all the more reason why today’s consultation is so important if we are to change policies, institutions and social attitudes. I hope that the guidelines produced include a concrete and clear-cut plan of action, and that governments respect and adhere to them. My dream is to realize a leprosy-free world. Such a world will not merely have eradicated the disease in a medical sense, but also the prejudice and discrimination that stems from it. Only then can we say that leprosy truly has been vanquished. OPEN-ENDED CONSULTATION Elimination of leprosy- related discrimination Geneva, 15 January 2009
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In order to eradicate this most deep-seated and ancient prejudice, the cooperation of the human rights experts here today is essential. With last June’s resolution we have finally reached the starting line to realizing a leprosy-free world. Let us work together closely to strengthen this light of hope. I ask you all to do your best so that we achieve this goal together. OPEN-ENDED CONSULTATION Elimination of leprosy- related discrimination Geneva, 15 January 2009
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