Hansen’s Disease/ Leprosy

The foundation began its work against Hansen’s disease in 1974, the year it was established. Since then, it has engaged in numerous activities to eliminate the disease and the stigma associated with it. In recent years, it has assisted persons affected by Hansen’s disease to become self-reliant and supported initiatives to uphold their human rights.

About Hansen’s Disease

Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, is a curable infectious disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent disability.

Leprosy and Human Rights—Different Organizations at Work

Different organizations have developed their own approaches to dealing with the challenges posed by Hansen’s disease, one of the oldest diseases known to humankind.

Learning from History

The history of Hansen’s disease is more than the history of a disease. It is also the story of the countless individuals and their families who have confronted it.

People’s organizations we support
Since the 1990s, we have supported People’s organizations engaged in the struggle for dignity and human rights. MORE

Worldwide Activities at a Glance

Introducing activities, programs and projects supported by Sasakawa Health Foundation in different parts of the world.

Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative Website

Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative is a strategic alliance that links together the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, Sasakawa Health Foundation, and The Nippon Foundation for the purpose of achieving a leprosy-free world.

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Through its grant program, Sasakawa Health Foundation is promoting projects to build a society where Hansen’s disease is not deemed an issue, discrimination and stigma do not exist, and persons affected by Hansen’s disease can receive the treatment and services they need.


Introducing books and other publications produced by Sasakawa Health Foundation.