Education Focused on Family Reunification and the Correct Use of Words

Derogatory name-calling contributes to the isolation that many persons affected by leprosy face. To return home from leprosy camps and reconnect with their families, persons affected require support and respect. The Gate Foundation Ghana, ILEP, and Abrewa Nana Foundation created national awareness-raising campaigns across 16 regions of Ghana to educate the public about the correct use of words surrounding leprosy. These campaigns also educated the public about family reunification and overcoming stigma through direct talks held at houses of worship, schools, homes, and community centers. As of the completion of the project in 2016, persons affected by leprosy have been welcomed back into their communities, and derogatory name-calling of persons affected by leprosy and other NTDs has stopped.