Domains of Change
At effect:hope, 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 neglected diseases and their communities:
- Care for and accept each other
- Demand and access timely government health services and opportunities to improve their lives
- Contribute to society so leprosy and other neglected diseases are no longer an issue
Through collaboration with communities, local and international partners, and governments, we work every day to make our vision a reality.
Our end goal is to ensure that the people we serve experience the following:
- Improved health
- Improved confidence and influence
- Improved inclusion and relationships
- Improved livelihoods
- Improved quality of life
We act through four domains:
Building inclusive and supportive communities is an important aspect of our projects overseas. 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 project ends. With adequate follow-ups, and long-term access to services and support from field workers, effect:hope helps people thrive in their communities.
Although we have treatments for diseases such as leprosy and hookworm, it’s not enough if the most endemic communities have no access to that treatment. 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.
There is a lot we don’t know about neglected tropical diseases. Although we are able to provide cures, such as Multi-Drug Therapy for leprosy, it is always better to prevent than to treat. 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 Leprosy.ie 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 end the disease once and for all.
Advocacy is critical to helping neglected people thrive in their communities. We work with governments to develop better policies and laws to help achieve that, such as removing discriminatory laws against people with leprosy. We also involve communities in our advocacy efforts to ensure that we are keeping their best interests in mind as we move forward with our work.