Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Wood and Wood Paper Stamps - Update

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Djibouti 1987 Lions Club Fight Against Leprosy Wooden Miniature Sheet

Issue date 23 March 1987

The Postal Authorities of the Republic of Djibouti honored Follereau and Hansen for their work in the fight against leprosy with the issue of a Wooden Miniature sheet with their pictures on the stamp.

French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, was the journalist who promoted World Leprosy day in 1954, as a way to raise global awareness of this deadly ancient disease and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured.  Raoul Follereau (1903-1977) was known as an “Apostle to the lepers and an educator of the blind”.

Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to humankind. It is also known as Hansen’s disease, named after Norwegian physician, Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen, who debunked the prevailing notion of the time that leprosy was a hereditary disease. He showed that the disease had a bacterial cause instead. The bacterium that causes leprosy was isolated by the Norwegian scientist Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen in 1873.

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