A union of 60 groups from 25 countries that have received financial aid to fight Hansen’s disease will confer an award on Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, for his efforts in the battle against the malady.

“Although we are moving toward resolving leprosy medically, the issue on the social level still remains,” said Sasakawa, who was to receive the award from the India-based International Leprosy Union during a ceremony Friday in Delhi.

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