Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation


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Founded: 1974

SMHF looks at leprosy as a complex of medical and social/human aspects. Initially it placed a greater emphasis on medical aspects offering cure to endemic countries worldwide. Since the mid-1990s it has been increasingly addressing social and human aspects of leprosy. SMHF believes that a world without leprosy, free from stigma and discrimination, cannot be achieved unless the individuals cured of leprosy enjoy equal and full opportunities as constructive members of the community. SMHF believes in empowerment of individuals, families and communities affected by leprosy, and supports projects to make them economically and socially independent and empowers them through better education and networking. Since 2003, a representative of people affected by Hansen’s disease has been a member of the SMHF Council.

Contact information

5th Floor Nippon Zaidan Building, 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan

http://www.smhf.or.jp/e/ 

+81/3 6229 5377

+81/3 6229 5388

smhf@tnfb.jp

Board members

Staff

President Emeritus: Dr Shigeaki Hinohara

President: Professor Kenzo Kiikuni

Chair of the Board: Professor Etsuko Kita

Member, Board of Directors, International Programmes: Hiroe Soyagimi

Member, Board of Directors and General Secretary: Genji Matsumoto

Projects

Total number of projects: 23

Projects with partnerships: 16 with NGOs, 1 with Governments, 3 with Institutes, 5 with ILEP Members, 1 with Communitys

Area of project activity:

Number of countries with projects in: 13

Asia

Number of countries with projects in: 10

Countries (with total number of projects in brackets):

  • Nepal (3)
  • Vietnam (4)
  • Myanmar (1)
  • Malaysia (1)
  • Thailand (1)
  • Indonesia (3)
  • Cambodia (1)
  • Philippines (2)
  • China (6)
  • India (1)

Americas

Number of countries with projects in: 1

Countries (with total number of projects in brackets):

  • Colombia (1)

Africa

Number of countries with projects in: 1

Countries (with total number of projects in brackets):

  • Ethiopia (1)

Global

Number of countries with projects in: 1

Countries (with total number of projects in brackets):

  • Global (3)
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