Türkan Saylan

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Türkan Saylan
Turkan Saylan.jpg
Bust of Türkan Saylan in Mersin
Born(1935-12-13)13 December 1935
Died18 May 2009(2009-05-18) (aged 73)
Istanbul, Turkey
OccupationMedical doctor, academic, writer, teacher, activist

Türkan Saylan (13 December 1935 – 18 May 2009) was a Turkish medical doctor in dermatology, academic, writer, teacher and social activist. She was famous for fighting leprosy, and for founding a charitable foundation called "Association for the Support of Contemporary Living" (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, ÇYDD).

Life and career[edit]

She was born on 13 December 1935.[1] She was the first born to Fasih Galip, one of the first building contractors in republican era, and Swiss Lili Mina Raiman who converted to Islam[2] and changed her name to Leyla after the marriage.

She went to Kandilli Elementary School between 1944 and 1946. Between 1946 and 1953 she went to Kandilli Girls Highschool. She graduated from İstanbul Medical School in 1963.[1] Later on, she worked as a doctor in the department of dermatological and venereal diseases in SSK Nisantasi Hospital.

In 1976, she started to study on lepra and founded Fight Against Lepra Association and Foundation. She was awarded "International Gandhi Award" in 1986, India. She worked as a consultant in lepra for World Health Organization until 2006. She took a part in foundation of Laboratory of Derma pathology, Behcet's Disease and Policlinics of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. She has worked as the voluntary head physician in Istanbul Lepra Hospital for 21 years, between 1981 and 2002.[3]

She got married in 1957 and had two children. She has four grand children. Having suffered from breast cancer for 17 years, she died on 18 May 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bir Türkan Saylan portresi". ntvmsnbc.com. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.radikal.com.tr/yazarlar/altan_oymen/21inci_yuzyilin_2009_yilindaki_cadi_kazani-931814
  3. ^ "Seeking Equal Opportunities for All-For Prof. Dr. Turkan Saylan, leprosy is one piece of a bigger picture" (PDF). For The Elemination Of Leprosy (FTEL). No. 29. 7 December. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Daniella Kuzmanovic (2012), "At the Margins of the Ergenekon Investigation: Central Features of Politics in Turkey", Middle East Critique, Vol. 21, Iss. 2, 2012

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