What We Do

For about 130 years now, we have been delivering on the same promise: to support people and communities affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy to find hope, healing, and restoration.

With our partners and the people we serve, we create strategic programs that positively impact the lives of people in need. We ensure that people affected by neglected tropical diseases have access to health care and community support for better mental, physical, and social well-being.

Why We Do It

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We See The Unseen

Globally, 1.7 billion people (that’s 1 in 5 people) are affected by neglected tropical diseases. And they’re called “neglected” for a reason. They are the world’s most underserved people and communities.

 

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We Fight Injustice

Neglected tropical diseases not only cause illness and disability, but they destroy livelihoods and tear families apart. These diseases seed discrimination and isolation. Neglected tropical diseases trap people in a cycle of poverty.

 

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We Are Called

As followers of Jesus, we cannot stand by and let people suffer needlessly from treatable and preventable diseases. God calls us to intervene in this broken world as agents of restoration and hope. We work with our committed supporters here in Canada and our partners in the countries where we serve to be champions of hope.

 

How We Do It

Health services for neglected tropical diseases are not available everywhere. We work to make sure that those affected by neglected tropical diseases receive people-centered, appropriate, inclusive, and holistic health services, no matter how remote or isolated they are. This includes mental, social, and disability care.

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Early Case Detection

Early detection is one of the best approaches to reducing the burden of neglected tropical diseases. We work with communities affected by these diseases to prevent, detect, and seek treatment for these diseases.

 

Education and Advocacy

Neglected tropical diseases most impact people living in poverty, on the margins of society. With your help, prejudices that lead to discrimination and  isolation can be erased. Empowered people and communities can advocate for the services they need.

 

Person-Centered Health Services

Engaging governments, both at local and national levels, is critical for implementing changes that are proven to work. When a health system is strong, no one is left behind. We make sure that people affected by neglected tropical diseases are at the centre of this work.

 

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Evidence-Driven Solutions

We seek out the best solutions and innovations that make the biggest difference for people and communities affected by these diseases. Whether it’s a new technology, medical discoveries, or just better ways to deliver care, we continue to adapt and innovate to meet the needs of the community.

 

Where We Do It

Bangladesh

Poverty, lack of accessible healthcare, and stigma are barriers to ending neglected tropical diseases. Our teams work with the Government of Bangladesh, partners and affected communities  to ensure access to appropriate, holistic health services.

India

India leads the world in the total number of cases for 11 of the 20 neglected tropical diseases named by the World Health Organization. This country is home to over half of new leprosy cases annually. These diseases mostly impact India’s urban and rural poor. We work with partners to provide holistic health services and to disrupt the cycle of poverty for families affected by neglected tropical diseases through access to education.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

 The physical impact of neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis can take a toll on the emotional and mental health of those affected. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we work with partners to find ways to support the emotional well-being of those affected by these diseases, while navigating the challenges of extreme poverty, a fragile health system, and political unrest. 

Kenya

Living with intestinal worms steals nutrients from children, compromising their cognitive development, growth and health during their early years. We work with partners to provide deworming treatment and vitamin A to children under age 5 to fight malnutrition and diseases caused by malnutrition.

Liberia

Effect Hope has been supporting Liberia since 2011 and played an important role during the Ebola outbreak. Today, our work focuses on strengthening the country’s health system to ensure people affected by neglected tropical diseases are diagnosed early, receive treatment, and have the resources they need to integrate into society.

Other Partnerships

Effect Hope also supports a number of partnerships both within Canada and globally. These programs typically focus on research or advocacy.