Stella Dimoko JCI Nigeria embarks on National campaign to curb stigmatisation at 2017 world leprosy day


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Monday, January 30, 2017

JCI Nigeria embarks on National campaign to curb stigmatisation at 2017 world leprosy day

About 6 months ago, JCI Nigeria in collaboration with NIPPON foundation has embarked on a nation-wide campaign to educate for discrimination and stigma faced by individuals affected by leprosy. This is in line with 2016 NIPPON Foundation global appeal, #thinkleprosynow campaign. 

The Campaign is a social responsibility initiative geared at creating conducive environment for people affected by leprosy, educating all stakeholders to play an important role, and advocating non-stigmatization of the leprosy patients.

With this we have taken action with like-minded organizations in local communities to raise our voices against stigma and discrimination faced by people living or who have been affected by leprosy across all sectors.

The #THINKLEPROSYNOW campaign is not just to give the patients food and clothing materials, but to bring the message of non-stigmatization to the footstep of everybody. The campaign hopes to educate the following facts about leprosy that : Leprosy is caused by a germ, It is not hereditary, It is curable, the earliest sign of leprosy is a skin patch with loss of feeling, it is transmitted from one person to another by a patient who is not on treatment, patients who are on treatment or have completed treatment are no longer a danger to the public, treatment is available in every LGA and is free of charge, show love and care for people affected by leprosy just as you care for all others who are ill, stop the stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and finally , nobody should be called a leper.

Recently at the JCI’s visit to Ogbomoso in Oyo State, the Medical Social Worker, Bowen University, Mr Adeniyi Olaleye, explained that leprosy is a major problem, and if people are not immune from the bacteria, they will be affected. The JCIN Amb Olatunji Oyeyemi pointed out that the campaign is not just to give the patients food and clothing materials, but to bring the message of non-stigmatization to the footstep of everybody. One of the patients pleaded with the campaign organizers to help them alleviate hunger, and give their children much needed support. Another patient cried out that the shame of returning home as a result of the leprosy sickness, has kept them away for so long, and thus needed help to get out of it.

Also at the JCI’s campaign in Lagos, Oyeyemi stated further that “Leprosy is curable, and so people should not discriminate against them. In the same vein the JCI Secretary General, Arrey Obenson, advocates “The leprosy patients and their families should not be stigmatized, but given opportunity to contribute to the development of the society”. One of the patients craved the indulgence of the SIDEA organization to bring them up, and bring them together with the blinds and cripples under the umbrella of the disabled, so that the government parastatal doesn’t forget them. The Global Appeal 2016 campaign was titled “Think about leprosy, Think about people, Think leprosy now”.

We call on all Nigerians to identify with us by joining our members across the country to mark the 2017 World leprosy day with the theme “I AM LOVED, I HAVE HOPE, BUT I NEED YOUR HELP” as we restore hope and dignity to people living with leprosy and how they should be perceived in the community. Events will take place across the country in Benin City, Benin State, Ikeja, Lagos State, Keffi Nassarawa State, Iberekodo, Ogun State, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and Owerri, Imo State.

To be part of this life saving campaign, join us on our various social media platforms : #ThinkLeprosyNow, #JELLS, Facebook : Twitter : @thinkleprosynow Instagram : @ThinkLeprosyNow

Junior Chamber International, Nigeria (JCI) is a Non for Profit organization of young active citizens’ age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.

We are Young Active Citizens taking action and creating impact in our communities. As Young Active Citizens, our Impact cuts across the 36 States of the Federation. We develop skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action. As globally minded young people, we all have rights, responsibilities and share goals. We identify challenges and proffer targeted solutions to local issues in our communities, our world and our future. Embracing new ideas and collaboration we have the passion and courage to address the critical challenges of our time.

NIPPON Foundation is a Japan-based private, non-profit making organization that aims at achieving a society where people support each other, reducing the burden and challenges faced together through social innovation-


  1. Hausa people always suffer everything... Haba 4 those people

  2. Nice movement.
    People only stigmatized treated leprous patient out of ignorance.
    Once the patient is treated, he can't infect another person.

  3. better

  4. I have never seen other tribes suffer leprosy aside hausa. I am sure they are decendants of the servant of the prophet that was cursed with leprosy

  5. Service to humanity, the best work of man.
    JCI, Be Better!

  6. Nice one, turning point in fellow jaycees how una dey


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