National Coordinator, MORHAN
As the National Coordinator of MORHAN, the Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Hansen’s Disease in Brazil, Faustino leads grassroots efforts for the social rights of people affected by Hansen’s disease and their families. Faustino is an activist, nursing assistant, and health educator. He has been a member of MORHAN since 1992.
Faustino had Hansen’s disease as early as nine years old but was not diagnosed until the age of 18. He underwent treatment for four and a half years and suffered many reactions and some physical impairment. Today, Faustino is undergoing treatment for Hansen’s disease for the second time. He is determined to continue fighting for the human rights of people affected by Hansen’s disease. He remains hopeful that together we will bring about important changes in the lives of people affected by Hansen’s disease and that we will ensure respect, dignity, and better care for people affected. Faustino serves on the Leadership Team of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy as a representative of an organization of persons affected.