Leprosy in Ghana: Kofi’s Story

Client

The Gates Foundation, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Distribution

Conference Launch + Social Media

Expertise

Branded Content + Global Health

Service(s)

Concept Creation + Editing + Filming + International + Script Writing + Translations + Voiceover

Location

Ghana

SHOOTING PRODUCER DIRECTOR

Steve Maud

EDITOR

Gary McQuiggin

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Helen Button

PHOTOGRAPHER

Matilda Temperley

CLIENT CONTACT

Thomas Davies

In the developing world, the impact of Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is still being felt. For many with this debilitating condition, the social stigma (sometimes self-imposed) can lead to social exclusion and even estrangement from family.

In Ghana, Kofi Nyarko is a man on a mission. As someone who has had Hansen’s disease himself, he now dedicates his life to reuniting other sufferers with their families – some of whom haven’t seen their family in decades. In this moving film, Kofi shares his message of hope. Today, Hansen’s disease can easily be treated with a simple drug. But the social stigma is more difficult to overcome. We travel with him on two momentous days, as James and Ekua are reunited with their families after more than 30 years apart.

This film was commissioned by Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to give a human face to Hansen’s disease.

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