Philippines is one of the 18 high prevalent countries of Leprosy in the world.
While leprosy is no longer a public health threat in the country, more than 1,000 Filipinos still get infected with the disease every year.
Philippines ratified CRPD on 15th April 2008 and still has not yet submitted its Country Report which was due in 2011.
Philippines is also home to one of the world’s largest leprosarium for people affected by Leprosy. Culion Island in Philippines is infamous for being the isolated island where the persons with Leprosy have lived for years. Because of the large number of patients, Culion became a laboratory for scientists around the world who had striven to look for a cure for Leprosy. Today it houses a Culion Museum.
To help get rid of the stigma associated with leprosy, a group called the Coalition of Leprosy Advocates of the Philippines (CLAP) composed of persons who were cured of leprosy has been established. This coalition is working actively in partnership with the Government and the NGOs to eliminate stigma and discrimination faced by people affected by Leprosy in Philippines.
Some of the members of CLAP are the following:
ACHI (Culion Sanitarium)
Mr. Cresencio Rosello
Address: Palawan 5315. Philippines
Phone: 0928 281 2276,
Bukal ng Buhay
Emelinda V. Cruz
Phone: 0939 288 6007
Sorok Uni Foundation
Bernadette Dela Cruz
Address: 3rd Flr. ECJ Bldg. Real St. Intramuros,
1002 Manila, Philippines
Phone: 0917 592 1724
Misamis Occidental Hansens Club
Phone: 0917 702 1659, 0946 5928 222 35,0999 606 234 817
Hilarion M. Guia
Email: c/o firstname.lastname@example.org