Global Appeal 2010

To End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy

People affected by leprosy often say that dealing with society’s attitudes toward the disease is harder than dealing with the disease itself.

Leprosy is curable, yet the problems brought on by leprosy don’t end when the treatment is complete.

Many people with the disease remain marginalized because stigma an discrimination restrict opportunities for education, training and work.

We believe that people affected by leprosy have the same rights as everyone else, and deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.

We support the principle of social integration and economic empowerment of people affected by leprosy.

Signatories for Global Appeal 2010

Mr. Roger Agnelli CEO, Vale
Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Sir Richard Branson Chairman, Virgin Management Ltd.
Mr. Philippe Camus Co-Managing Partner, Lagardère SCA
Mr. Chang Zhenming Vice Chairman & President, CITIC Group
Mr. Fujio Cho Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
Mr. Keshub Mahindra Chairman, Mahindra Group
Mr. Mikio Sasaki Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation
Mr. Louis Schweitzer Honorary Chairman and President, Renault
Mr. Ratan N. Tata Chairman, Tata Group
Mr. Kan Trakulhoon President and CEO, The Siam Cement Group
Mr. Tsuneji Uchida President & COO, Canon Inc.
Dr. Daniel Vasella Chairman & CEO, Novartis AG
Mr. William C. Weldon Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Prof. Muhammad Yunus Managing Director, Grameen Bank
Yohei Sasakawa Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, Japan;
WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination