About Us

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.

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

Our Purpose

We place the people we serve at the center of all our work. We strive to effect important changes in their lives, so that people affected by diseases and their communities:

  1. Care for and accept each other
  2. Demand and access timely government health services and opportunities to improve their lives
  3. Contribute to society so leprosy and other diseases of poverty are no longer an issue
  4. Collaboration with families, communities, local and international partners, and governments

Our end goal is to ensure that the people we serve experience:

  • Improved health
  • Improved confidence and influence
  • Improved inclusion and relationships
  • Improved livelihoods
  • Improved quality of life

 

Our Mission

effect:hope is a non-profit organization that works to free people from leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases that isolate and impoverish.

Our Vision 

No person neglected – No community too far.

Our Values

As followers of Christ:
We are called to love and to seek restoration
We are champions of community and collaboration
We demonstrate honesty and integrity
We are committed to high impact and effectiveness

Where We Work

For over 125 years, we've been serving people suffering from leprosy and other diseases of poverty.

Explore Our Work

Click on any of the map markers to the left to learn more about the regions where effect:hope works.

India

India is a rapidly growing country with a booming economy. However, there are many people who are falling through the cracks of its developing healthcare system.

Leprosy in India:

In certain areas of India, the leprosy rates are still some of the highest in the world. Government hospitals are not always able to provide rapid leprosy services for affected people. Through our collaboration with The Leprosy Mission Trust India, we offer specialized treatment for people affected by leprosy.

Lymphatic filariasis (LF), another neglected tropical disease, is also found in some parts of India. These neglected diseases thrive among the poor, who live in crowded urban areas, and without adequate sanitation.

Currently, India is making great strides establishing itself as a leader in leprosy research through its state of the art laboratory, where collaborating and training for emerging researchers occur.

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a rapidly developing country, where many people are moving into cities. In cities like Dhaka, the gap between the rich and the poor is wide. Many people we serve live on less than $1 per day.

Leprosy in Bangladesh:

Regions including Dhaka, Nilphamari, and Gaibandha-Jaypurhat in Bangladesh continue to have many new leprosy cases every year. People affected by leprosy mostly live in urban slums and remote areas. In those places, people have limited access to clean water and other basic needs. People with leprosy-related disabilities may also have difficulty accessing public relief services directly. Currently, effect:hope supports partners in Bangladesh who are working with the government of Bangladesh to improve leprosy care services through government health units throughout the country.

In NorthWest Bangladesh, people with disability from leprosy and LF are provided with economic support through investment in an income generating activity and skills training. This allows people affected by leprosy and LF and their families to raise their income level out of poverty and have better quality of life. Leprosy Field Research continues to conduct clinical research while providing important treatment and health services for people with leprosy.

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Kenya

Preschool children in Kenya struggle to receive the nutrition their bodies need. This struggle is made worse by parasites like hookworms, which deprive the children of the little nutrients they do receive. Through the Every Child Thrives program, children receive the deworming treatment for these parasites, along with Vitamin A, giving them the boost they need to grow up healthy.

Health workers and parents are involved in/ responsible for providing these treatments every 6 months and Every Child Thrives is promoting equal access for both girls and boys to this service and getting both parents involved in their child’s health to reduce barriers to this access.

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DRC

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many villages are endemic for leprosy, Buruli ulcer and lymphatic filariasis. Because of limited awareness about these diseases, many cases are found too late, leaving affected individuals with disabilities.

With a heavy reliance on agricultural activities for survival, families affected by leprosy suffer from extreme poverty, often because of leprosy-associated disabilities that restrict farming activities. Their children are often not enrolled in school, leaving very few choices for their futures. Misconceptions about leprosy in these communities lead to those living with the disease to be excluded by others.

An integrated Case Management of NTDs project is conducted in the region to prevent disabilities and address consequences associated to Leprosy and other disabling NTDs.

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Nigeria

Nigeria carries one of the highest burdens of leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases in Africa. Misconceptions surrounding leprosy lead to late diagnosis, and affected people often develop disabilities as a result. People with leprosy often face discrimination, job loss, abuse, and eviction.

Our work in Nigeria strived to improve the quality of life for people affected by leprosy. This project has now reached the end of its working period. We are now reviewing the results of this project and the lessons we learned. The new project will help strengthen the health system in Kwara State by adopting an integrated approach to control neglected tropical diseases. It will also work with relevant government programs and stakeholders with a common mission for a greater impact.

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Côte d’Ivoire

Every Child Thrives 

Preschool children struggle to receive the nutrition their bodies need. This struggle is made worse by parasites like hookworms, which deprive children of essential nutrients. Through the Every Child Thrives program, girls and boys receive deworming treatment and Vitamin A supplements, giving them the boost they need to grow up healthy.

Health workers provide treatments every 6 months, ensuring equal access for both girls and boys. Our efforts also encourage both parents to get involved in their child’s health to break down barriers and advocate for children's rights.

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Liberia

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with limited access and availability of affordable treatment for neglected tropical diseases. This leads to increased transmission, increased disability, increased stigma and catastrophic economic consequences for affected people and their families.

Together with our partners, we launched the first program globally to integrate all aspects of diagnosis and curative treatment for neglected tropical diseases within the health system. At the program's core is the belief that, if you can equip every community volunteer and healthcare worker with the basic knowledge to identify and refer or treat a person with a neglected tropical disease at their closest health facility, you break down critical barriers to care. The initial pilot is taking place in 5 out of 15 counties and is due to scale up to the remaining counties in 2021.

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Thank you for all you do to help vulnerable people struggling with neglected tropical diseases like leprosy.

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

Board of Directors

effect:hope’s Board of Directors are a multi-disciplinary group of volunteers who are passionate about healing families and communities throughout the world. They oversee and ensure that effect:hope's activities conform to the stated financial, ethical and Christian values.

The members are:

Mr. Peter Hogg,  Board Chair
Mr Ravi Chandran – Vice Chair
Mr. David Weind, Secretary-Treasurer
Ms. Dianne Cabral 
Mr. John Humphreys
Mr. Winston Miller 
Mrs. Carol Morris
Dr.  Alison Krentel
Dr. Ron Davidson

Leadership Team

Kim Evans, Chief Executive Officer
Maneesh Phillip, Director of International Programs
Anjay Nirula, Director of Marketing
Kenneth Wong, Senior Manager of Finance and Operations 
Deb Hopper, Senior Manager of Development 


Public Speaking Opportunities

Many effect:hope staff members have been in the field and have first-hand experience working with those affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy, Buruli ulcer, or Lymphatic Filariasis. We would be pleased to come and speak to your group about our work. Please send your request for a speaking engagement by e-mail to aonley@effecthope.org or fill out the form.