Thousands of volunteers will meet on Sunday, January 29, in hundreds of Italian squares, for the 64th World Day of Leprosy (GML) and witness the commitment of the Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO).
Although this ancient disease today is treatable, over 200,000 people
worldwide are infected every year. This means one person every two
minutes. "Honey of solidarity" will be distributed and other eco-trade
products by volunteers, to raise awareness about the causes of the
disease that affects mostly poor people, children and those regions
where health services are poor or non-existent.
AIFO Projects in the world aim at preventing the disease to spread and
allow the sick not only to be treated, but to be reintegrated into their
families and communities.
It is a "community-based inclusive
development" because, in the words of the founder Raoul Follereau
(1903-1977), no one can be happy alone, therefore, health, welfare and
happiness can only be found and shared within internal local
communities, from villages to urban areas.