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No Matter Where The Journey Takes Me #CreatingHope

One Man’s Quest for a Leprosy Free World

Book Review

Genre: Autobiography

Book: Paperback/ ebook

Author: Mr. Yohei Sasakawa

Pages: 241


Available on: Hurst/ Amazon/ Kindle

Reading time: 4-5 hours


About the book:

No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me

No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me” is a well-written book on the journey of Mr. Yohei Sasakawa who has narrated his journey from childhood where he followed the footsteps of his father Sasakawa Ryōichi helping people. His father was very compassionate towards people suffering from leprosy. Mr. Sasakawa visited a leprosy hospital in South Korea with his father, he was moved by the plight of people facing leprosy alone craving for a human touch.

Mr. Yohei selflessly dedicated his life to building an organization Nippon foundation & Sasakawa Health Foundation to bring aid to people suffering from leprosy. He devoted his life to spreading awareness amongst the political leaders of more than 100 countries and changed their views towards the disease.

His aim is to provide:

  • Spread awareness about the disease amongst everyone
  • Provide treatment and aids to leprosy patients and their family
  • Rehabilitate
  • Making people affected by Leprosy independent and self-sufficient
  • Stop the discrimination

His message to humankind in the book is “leprosy is curable, treatment is free, and it is wrong to discriminate”

About the Author:

Mr. Yohei Sasakawa is a Japanese philanthropist activist. Founder of Nippon Foundation & Sasakawa Health Foundation who has dedicated his life for a humanitarian cause. He has played a key role in global efforts on the fight against leprosy, both as head of a private foundation and as the World Health Organization’s “Goodwill Ambassador for Human Rights for the person affected by Leprosy”.

He Launched Sasakawa-India Leprosy  Foundation (S-ILF) in 2006 since India. He has received the ‘Gandhi Peace Prize 2018’ by Hon’ble President and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for his dedication and initiative against leprosy

His dedication in helping people is not limited to just Leprosy he had provided help in many major devastating events by providing:

  • Food and humanitarian aids
  • Relief work & emergency aid supplies in Tsunami in Japan in 2011
  • Pediatrician for Chernobyl accident and many more.

His ceaseless work:

  • He has personally attended a series of symposiums with the UN in many nations to spread awareness and implementation of UN guidelines in helping in leprosy eradication.
  • He has established schools in orthodontics and prosthetics to help people in rehabilitation
  • The Nippon Foundation Fellowships were founded for Asian Public Intellectuals (API Fellowships) in five countries in Asia.

His list of achievements is endless yet enduring. His quest to making World a Better Place is definitely an initiative worth following.

Book blurb:

One Man’s quest for a Leprosy-Free World

The uplifting story of a Japanese philanthropist who has dedicated his life to eradicating leprosy worldwide.

It’s a moving story about a person who has made a difference in more than 3 million people’s lives and is rallying a cause to make world leprosy free.

Let’s join hands in the movement. Let’s make India Leprosy Free.

Let’s treat Leprosy, Let’s conquer the Fear.

5 thoughts on “No Matter Where The Journey Takes Me #CreatingHope”

  1. This looks like an amazing life, it is so good to read about people who truly strive to make a difference in the world, I hope that this book will inspire more people to make a difference

  2. Mr. Yohei Sasakawa has dedicated his life for the upliftment of people suffering from leprosy. It is sad to see that this disease despite being curable, discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members is seen, still. Thanks for sharing about his work and book.

  3. I am always amazed by people with such conviction. It takes incredible dedication and good will to fight for others, and against a disease like leprosy. So inspiring to learn about this amazing doctor. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wow this sounds truly inspiration. It is so amazing how some people are so selfless and help others during the course of their lives. It must take a lot of dedication and motivation to keep on that path.

  5. There are so many unsung heroes out there that very few people know about. Looks like an inspirational read and would love to pick it up soon.

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