International Conference in Japan
international conferEnce in japan
On October 11th 2004, TVAC was presented with an exceptional opportunity to go international. We were invited to attend the 30th anniversary of the ISHIZUE Foundation, which represents and provides assistance to Japan's thalidomide victims. This foundation took the initiative of inviting various representatives of thalidomiders' organizations around the world to take part in their celebrations. The magic of international brotherhood was all around us and we were able to savour and delight in the cultural diversity that united us. The reception our Japanese colleagues gave us was quite unforgettable. A number of different activities were on the cards, such as:
The main objective of this international gathering, however, was to review the situation surrounding thalidomide's return into various countries around the world. Different reports were presented, among others, on the situation in Brazil, England, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Japan. Mercédes Benegbi, Executive Director of TVAC, presented the report for Canada and the United States (see the PowerPoint entitled: TVAC's Presentation).
As a result of this October 11th international meeting in Japan, all the participants agreed to draw up and sign a common declaration (see the document entitled, The Statement).