Through our work, we provide innovative solutions to prevent, detect, and treat diseases that affect the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Who Is Effect Hope
Effect Hope is a Canadian Christian global health organization. We are the only Canadian organization exclusively focused on serving people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) like leprosy.
For more than 130 years we have been working to create better access to healthcare for people living in remote parts of the world. Our aim is to create long-term solutions for addressing physical health, mental health and social acceptance of marginalized people.
We are a member of the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities and we’ve been named Top Ten Impact Charities and Top 10 International Impact Charities of 2020, 2021 & 2022 by Charity Intelligence Canada.
What We Do
We partner with others to deliver programs that strengthen healthcare systems and improve access to resources for marginalized people. Partners include other global health organizations, local governments, and community leaders.
Together, we provide resources and develop impactful programs that help people overcome the effects of disease, disability, and discrimination. By doing so, we can increase people’s capacity to regain their independence and reverse the cycle of extreme poverty. Our programs include:
Early detection of disease – we go door-to-door in remote communities to detect diseases
Early diagnosis and treatment to help prevent disabilities
Corrective surgeries for severe disabilities
Physiotherapy to restore the use of limbs
Self-care programs to prevent disease complications
Community-based mental health programs
Health education and awareness campaigns to reduce discrimination
Research and development of new treatments and vaccines
Why We Do This
We believe that all God’s children deserve good health, social wellness, and to live life with dignity. Everyone should have hope for the future. These universal needs are for all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, age, gender, or socio-economic status. At Effect Hope, we support health and wellness for the people we serve, while respecting their desire for independence and self-sufficiency.
As followers of Jesus, we partner with others to bring hope and restoration to people affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy.
A world where people overcome neglected tropical diseases like leprosy — a world full of hope.
Our Impact In 2022
Effect Hope has a significant impact on the lives of millions of people affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) around the world. Through our innovative and impactful solutions, we can prevent, detect, and treat NTDs. We serve people in a holistic way, addressing not only their physical needs, but also their social, economic, and mental health issues.
6,398 Pairs of customized protective footwear provided to restore mobility.
445,608 People screened for NTDs to find cases early to prevent disabilities.
2,753 People diagnosed with NTDs during screening programs, so they can get treatments more quickly.
683 Awareness programs to
reduce stigma and discrimination among people affected by NTDs.
43,819 School children who gained awareness about leprosy so they can speak up when they need help.
Leading Our Team
People who work at Effect Hope share the values and vision of our community. That includes our supporters, partners, and the people we serve. Our team is led by passionate and purpose-driven people.
Since joining Effect Hope in 2019, Kim has personally met people whose lives have been transformed with the support of Effect Hope. With a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Kim has served on the boards of several Canadian charities. Previously, she practiced law, and also worked in leadership roles at other charitable organizations. In her spare time, Kim enjoys golf, a great cup of coffee, and God’s creation. She lives in London, Ontario and regularly spends time with her loving nieces and nephews.
Our Board Of Directors
Dr. Alison Krentel
Chair of the Board
Dr. Alison Krentel, PhD MSc BA, is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at Bruyère Research Institute. She joined the board in 2019 and currently serves as our Chair. Dr. Krentel lives in Ottawa with her family.
Dr. Ronald Davidson
John Humphreys is a lawyer and has been a member of the board since 1998. After living for several years in the USA, John now resides in Toronto, Ontario with his wife.