Nayan Patel, a member of RC Westminster West, London, RID 1130, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Lepra, a UK-based specialist charity which works to eradicate leprosy in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique.
Patel is also a Trustee of Council for Education in the Commonwealth, a parliament-based NGO, as well as serving on the Advisory Boards of Rotary India Literacy Mission and The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College, University of Oxford. He was recently recognised with Rotary International’s ‘Service Above Self’ Award, for his contribution to the organisation and extensive charitable work globally.
Although leprosy is no longer a health problem in developed countries, it continues to affect millions of people in large parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Lack of awareness, myths, socio-cultural beliefs and the stigma attached to leprosy are perhaps the most pressing challenges before public health activists today. “I look forward to working with the board in this global fight to eradicate leprosy,” said Patel, accepting his new assignment.