About Us

Our Vision

Striving to enrich the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of people
ーwhoever they are, wherever they are and whatever their circumstancesー
and helping them to maintain their dignity as human beings.


Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF) is active in three main areas: Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy; community health—in particular, human resource development in home-care nursing and palliative care in Japan; and public health.


Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF) was established in 1974 with the goal of eradicating Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, from the world. Its co-founders were Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa (1899-1995), the founder of The Nippon Foundation, who served as SHF’s first President, and Professor Morizo Ishidate (1901-1996), known as the father of chemotherapy for Hansen’s disease in Japan, who became SHF’s first Chair.

Board Members

Articles of Incorporation/ Annual Reports