World Leprosy Day is observed every year on the 29th of January. This year's celebrations?
GV EXT Villagers in Gabon gather for Mass.
MV Villagers sitting listening as band plays. (2 shots)
MV Women dancing.
MV Archbishop Andre Fernand Anguile, celebrating Mass.
MV Minister of Public Health Guy Mouvagha speaking to officials. PAN TO ambulance.
MV Guy Mouvagha handing out gifts to lepers. (3 shots)
MV PULL BACK TO GV Raoul Follereau Leper Hospital in Ivory Coast.
MV Youths line path applauding PAN TO Jean-Baptiste Mockey, Minister of State for Public Health (centre in grey) entering hospital grounds.
GV Peoples filing into hospital.
MV INT Lepers sitting on beds in hospital ward.
CU PULL BACK TO MV Leper sitting on bed.
MV Leper child in wheelchair with other children.
MV Monsieur Mockey being shown basket work made by leper colony.
GV Monsieur Mockey and official party.
CU Bongo drums
GV Women dancing
GV Crowd gathered round dancers.
The Raoul Follereau Hospital is staffed by two doctors, four French nursing nuns, an Ivory Coast male nurse, and six former patients. At a special Mass in Rome on 29 January, Pope Paul appealed to the young, to men of good will, and to political leaders to be aware of the reality of leprosy.
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Background: World Leprosy Day is observed every year on the 29th of January. This year's celebrations were held last Sunday, and it was the 25th time the day had been commemorated. It was also the first World Leprosy day since the death of it's founder, the Frenchman Raoul Follereau. He died in Paris last December.
SYNOPSIS: In Gabon there are reported to be more than 5,000 lepers, and special events were held in Nkembo, near the capital of Libreville.
A special Mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Libreville, Monsignor Andre Fernand Anguile. The congregation had come from all over the Libreville area.
Representing the Gabonese Government was the Minister of Public Health and Population, Etienne-Guy Mouvagha....And with him was a new ambulance for the leper community.
During his visit the Minister handed out gifts and publicly thanked the french government for the medical assistance it had given.
The setting for celebrations in the Ivory Coast was the Raoul Follereau Leprosy Hospital in Adzope.
Guest of honour at the celebrations was the Minister of State for Public Health and Population, Jean-Baptiste Mockey.
Adzope is 120 kilometres north of the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan, and the hospital was built there in 1971.
Monsieur Mockey announced during his visit that the hospital would get its own telephone service in March, and next year the road to the nearest town would be sealed.
There are 250 patients in the hospital, and a further 200 lepers in the nearby village. For them the 29th of January was a very special day.