Annalena Tonelli

Italian Lawyer and Activist
Born Apr 2, 1943

Annalena Tonelli was an Italian Roman Catholic volunteer working for 33 years in the Horn of Africa focusing on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, campaigns for eradication of female genital mutilation, and special schools for hearing-impaired, blind and disabled children.… Read More

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1943 Birth Annalena Tonelli was born in 1943 in Forlì, Romagna, Italy. … Read More


1969 26 Years Old After "six years of service to poor people of the suburbs, to orphan children, mentally or physically disabled or abused kids" of her own town, in 1969, the then 25-year-old Annalena Tonelli went to Africa supported by the Committee Against World Hunger of Forlì, that she had helped to start its activity. … Read More


1976 33 Years Old Already in 1976, Annalena Tonelli became responsible for a World Health Organization (WHO) pilot project for treating tuberculosis in nomadic people. … Read More


…  In June 2003, she won the Nansen Refugee Award, which is given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to recognize outstanding service to the cause of refugees.
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