A Year Of Growing hope
Together with you and our partners, we continued to reach people who are affected by neglected tropical diseases.
We are grateful for your prayers and support. Last year, we were able to expand our programs and send more funds to the field — that means more people were served.
In this 2021 annual report, we celebrate two wonderful long-running programs that changed the future for the people we serve for the better. We also introduced an innovative new program, ‘Children Unite for Action,’ which supported children affected by leprosy to go back to school.
We are also excited to share some of the transformational initiatives launching in 2022.
Despite so much good news in this report, I am concerned. In countries where we serve, COVID-19 has overwhelmed the public health-care systems. This resulted in late diagnosis for many people living with neglected tropical diseases.
The World Health Organization predicts a rise in advanced disability for these people.
With your support, we will be there for them. As we move into 2022, we will continue Growing Hope for people affected by neglected tropical diseases.
CEO, Effect Hope
Our Impact In 2021
People Screened For Leprosy
Children Provided With Vitamin A & Deworming Treatments
People Received Social & Financial Support
People Provided With Custom Shoes, Eyewear, & Other Assistive Devices
People Provided With Education About Neglected Tropical Diseases
People Received Medical Treatment
People Received Physiotherapy
Growing Hope During Covid-19
In 2021, we distributed Personal Protective Equipment (masks, hygiene kits, gloves, etc.), ran advocacy and education initiatives, and vaccinated over 15,000 people against COVID-19.
Sita, one of our patients, was afraid that the vaccine might create further complications:
“As I am already affected by leprosy, what new consequences might I face after vaccination? One day, a person from [Effect Hope’s partner] visited our community to mobilize people to get vaccinated for free. We asked many questions about vaccine side-effects, rumours, and complications. The staff were very patient and explained the importance of getting vaccinated. We are extremely grateful for the assistance we had throughout the vaccination process.”
Thank you for investing in the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable people. Thanks to you, they now have Hope for a healthier future.
Trading Poverty For Hope
Those living in ultra-poverty survive on less than $2 per day. They face starvation, struggle to access education, and suffer from poor health.
Since 2016, our project has impacted 1,500 people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis in northwestern Bangladesh who were living in ultra-poverty. Families were empowered through education, micro-business financing, and stigma-reducing advocacy. This grows hope and long-term sustainable change for the community.
Building on the success of the ‘North West Ultra-Poverty Initiative Project,’ we will launch a new phase to reach even more people in 2022.
Help Support People Affected By Neglected Tropical Diseases By Donating Today
2022 is already off to a great start. We have launched new strategic initiatives that will transform the lives of people affected by neglected tropical diseases today and for years to come.
One new project in India will improve the care and treatment for people affected by skin neglected tropical diseases (leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, etc.) by integrating early detection, care and treatment for all the skin neglected tropical diseases. This project could shape the way care is delivered elsewhere.
Recent research tells us that there can be a significant mental health impact on people affected by neglected tropical diseases, like leprosy. We launched two new projects that will address the mental health and wellbeing of the people we serve.
Curing the disease is just one small part of restored health. We need to address the whole health of those affected and ensure that care is available everywhere so that these diseases are just a minor inconvenience—not a life-changing catastrophe.