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State Minister Hirut Zemene receives German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA) delegations

State Minister Hirut Zemene held talks with delegations from German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA) 

‚Äčon Tuesday  (October 31). The delegation among others included Deputy Mayor of Wuerzurg, Mr Bauer Adolf; President of GLRA, Mrs Baroness Gudrun vos Wiedersperg and Mr Ahmed Mohammed, East Africa Regional Representative.

Mrs Hirut lauding the comprehensive activities and supports German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA) has been offering said the government in collaboration with partners has managed to provide primary education in rural and urban areas of the country. We need to work more on vocational schools, the State Minister added. Mrs Hirut noting the country's youth bulge said the way out is creation of as many job opportunities as possible through industrialization and establishing micro and small enterprises. Assuring the delegation of the utmost support needed from Government Mrs Hirut noted the organization's knowledge transfer and support schemes for the needy are a model for other non-governmental development partners.     

The Delegation on its part commending the support rendered by the Government noted the GLRA program managed to reduce leprosy patients in the country to only 4000. GLRA by aligning strategies with the Government's priorities is engaging extension health workers and communities to eradicate TB. It has also been noted that GLRA using various intervention mechanisms in the areas of Livelihood, Education, Prevention of Disability, Empowerment, housing, saving and credit schemes has uplifted millions to a life which upholds their dignity.  

Headquartered in Wuerzburg Germany was found in 1957 as an association in Ethiopia. GLRA works within strong national and international networks: such as International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Association, Stop TB Partnership and Stop TB-Forum Germany, and Action against AIDS. GLRA was instrumental in treating and curing over 145796 leprosy patients and over 2 million TB patients in Ethiopia. The Association is set to open its East Africa regional office soon.