SHIMOMURA Yuki, FUJIKURA Tetsuya, FUKUNISHI Kazuyuki, NIIYAMA Tomoki
African Summit on neglected tropical diseases (Technical sessions on Buruli ulcer)
“A report on volunteer actions for Buruli ulcer children by SCOBU”
Palais des Congrès, Cotonou, Benin, 30 March-3 April 2009
A report on volunteer actions for Buruli ulcer children by SCOBU
SHIMOMURA Yuki (Professor of International Cultures, Kobe International University)
FUJIKURA Tetsuya (Dean of Christian Center, Associate Professor of Law, Kobe International University)
FUKUNISHI Kazuyuki (Lecturer of Communication Studies, Kobe International University)
(PhD. Candidate, Ritsumeikan University)
Save the Children of Buruli Ulcer (Project SCOBU) website (Japanese)
For the past four years, Kobe International University Project SCOBU has developed a pilot educational program for BU children in Benin. The program provides BU children a proper primary education. With the rigid administration and control by the Ministry of Health of Benin and Dr. Roch Johnson, National Program Coordinator for Leprosy and Buruli ulcer, the four years of Project SCOBU Educational Pilot Program made over 300 children in total possible to receive a primary education. In Cameroon, the program support also went for a BU student to enable to further his education.
Project SCOBU will start a pilot educational program in Togo in cooperation with the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (DAHW) this year. We will provide the financial support for the action by DAHW to create a social and education unit for the children living with BU during their hospital time.
We are continuing advocacy programs in Kansai, Western Japan area. Advocacy programs have progressed considerably over the time and always made strength our fund.
Throughout our activities, we can clearly confirm the theory how small NGO or NPO such as our group can do effective activity or support for the area where need help, is cooperation with International Organization such as United Nation or World Health Organization and the Government where the organizations wishes to support. Project SCOBU as a small non-medical group will continue our socio-economic challenges and wishes our small support can help BU Children.