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About Us

We are Canada's leading leprosy mission, curing children, women and men affected by leprosy and other diseases of poverty. 

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For 127 years we have partnered with families and their communities to transform the lives of people suffering leprosy and other diseases of poverty. We do this by curing those who are sick, providing disability support, and restoring communities.


What We Do

effect:hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada) is a Christian mission that connects like-minded Canadians to people suffering in isolation from debilitating diseases. Through this connection, supporters are able to bring the cure and ongoing care to people struggling with disability and stigma. effect:hope’s work restores those affected to a welcome place in their community.  

effect:hope works to end leprosy and other diseases of poverty based on four goals:

Activate and equip communities

Building inclusive and supportive communities is an important aspect of our overseas programs. We equip people with the skills needed to earn a livelihood, and also help them form support groups so they can help one another even after the program ends. With adequate follow-ups, and long-term access to services and support from field workers, effect:hope helps people thrive in their communities.

Strengthen health systems

Although we have treatments for diseases such as leprosy or hookworm, many endemic communities are unable to access those treatments. We work to strengthen health systems so they can handle the needs of each community they serve. Integrating disease management methods into a comprehensive strategy is one of the main outcomes of our health systems strengthening work.

Innovate through research

There is a lot we don’t know about leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases. For example, although we are able to provide the cure for leprosy in Multi-Drug Therapy, we want to be proactive and prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. By involving local communities, NGOs, and governments, we are able to get a better representation of how a disease affects an entire region.

We have also partnered up with The Mission to End Leprosy to form a new research initiative named R2STOP (Research to STOP transmission of neglected tropical diseases). Our first agenda is focused on leprosy, because we want to eliminate the disease once and for all.

Ensure the people we serve are treated as equals

Advocacy is critical to helping neglected people thrive in their communities. We work with governments to develop better policies and laws to help achieve this, such as removing discriminatory laws against people with leprosy. We involve the communities in our advocacy efforts to ensure we keep their best interests in mind. People affected by NTDs are also educated about their rights and supported to voice their concerns with those in power.

323,703

people screened for leprosy
and other NTDs

4,386

new leprosy and other
NTD cases found

1,781,690

preschool children received deworming treatment and vitamin A

120,183

patients treated

3,395

surgeries provided

14,567

patients provided with footwear

Financial Overview

At effect:hope, we strive to minimize our administrative costs so that the maximum amount of money is spent on programs that directly benefit people suffering from leprosy and other diseases of poverty. 

2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Through prayer, encouragement and donations, Canadian supporters walk alongside patients and their families as they are treated.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

How Donations Reach Patients

effect:hope has partners in every community we work in. Programs are designed in partnership with community leaders. Our team walks alongside our partners within the community to ensure all goals are met. A part of our program cost is to keep detailed records to account for the stewardship of all donations. 

We visit every community regularly, personally ensuring effectiveness. Regular reports and photos give us an overview of the work in our programs.


Finding Hope through Healing

Your support changes the lives of many children, women and men facing leprosy and other diseases of poverty. While each person’s story is unique, we celebrate the hope that comes from healing.