Marking the 18th Anniversary of World Leprosy Day, the Ivory Coast opened a National Leprosy Institute near Adzope on Sunday, January 31st.
CU Sign "Adzope" PAN TO road
SV Sign PAN TO leprosy centre
GV Welcoming crowd at entrance
LV Minister Denise out of car and greeted
SCU Denise greets M. & Mme. Follereau
SCU Girls present Denise with flowers
SV Denise cuts tape
GV Denise, Follereau and crowds through leprosy centre
GV Lepers look on MV LILT DOWN Laper with crutches and one leg
MV TILT DOWN Laper with crutches and one leg
GV Band playing PAN TO party at attention.
CU Denise presents "Symbolic ribbon" to M. Follereau
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Background: Marking the 18th Anniversary of World Leprosy Day, the Ivory Coast opened a National Leprosy Institute near Adzope on Sunday, January 31st. The Institute was named after M. Racul Follereau, who fifteen years ago founded a leprosy clinic at Adzope--the predecessor of today's Institute which comprises 24 pavilions which an house 500 victims of the dreaded discuss. The opening ceremony was presided over by Minister of State Augusta Denise in representation of President Houphouet-Boigny.
The institute is 12 kilometres (7 1/2 miles) from Adzope--and 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Abidjan.
M. Follereau, who returned to the Ivory Coast from Belgium for the ceremony, has fought leprosy for 18 years and is known locally as "the Untiring Vagabond of Charity."