Nation’s Oldest Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New International Staff Member
The South Carolina-based organization working to cure and care for people with leprosy and related diseases is adding to its program staff with the hiring of a new regional director for Asia. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work is Sunil Anand of India. A leprosy expert and medical doctor, Anand comes with 33 years’ experience in the field of neglected tropical diseases and proven strategic leadership skills.
“Sunil is a gifted and respected leader who has committed his life to serving those who have been marginalized,” says Darren Schaupp, vice president of programs. “His understanding of organizational growth in complex environments, technical expertise and innovative thinking make him a great addition to the American Leprosy Missions team. We look forward to having his leadership in the Asia region.”
Anand comes to the organization from The Leprosy Mission Trust India where he served in a variety of roles for more than three decades. From 1991 to 2007, Anand served as superintendent and consultant dermatologist and reconstructive surgeon at The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s Kothara Community Hospital. Most recently, he was executive director where he provided strategic leadership, planning and direction for a diverse team of 900 with expertise in program management, healthcare, livelihoods skills training, community engagement and empowerment, advocacy, organizational learning and development, research, training, audit and risk management, finance and human resource.
Anand received his medical degree from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India and a postgraduate Master’s degree in dermatology from the University of Mysore. He serves as the chairperson of The Society for Bioethics in India and sits on the boards of several medical institutions including the Christian Medical College in Vellore and Schieffelin Institute of Health – Research and Leprosy Centre – Karigiri, India.
Anand will take up his new role starting in May 2017 and be based in India.
About American Leprosy Missions
American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States dedicated to curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and related diseases. It currently supports projects and partners in countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. Since its founding in 1906, American Leprosy Missions has provided holistic care to more than four million people around the world including medical treatment and training, community development and vaccine research.
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