Our Work

Where We Work

For over 125 years, we've been serving people suffering from leprosy and other diseases of poverty. We currently work in 9 countries.

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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Nepal

One of the most marginalized groups in Nepal are people with disabilities. Some in this group have leprosy and Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and are unlikely to seek help for fear of stigma. However, waiting too long to seek help leads to permanent disability and economic insecurity. Treatment is more than just a medical issue.

Self-Help Groups are formed in communities to provide peer support and medical/health services support for people with leprosy and LF. These groups provide information and assistance on how to care for their ulcers and manage disability and how to access social supports.

Strengthening the Self-Help Groups are an effective way to help people with leprosy and LF to participate in society and find their confidence again.

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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 the children of the little nutrients they do receive. Through the Every Child Thrives program, girls and boys receive 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.

Cote d’Ivoire is the country reporting the highest number of Buruli ulcer across the word. Leprosy and six other NTDs are Leprosy is also prevalent in the country.

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Liberia

Liberia was one of the countries heavily affected by the world’s largest Ebola outbreak in 2014, with over 4000 Liberians fallen to the disease. On May 9, 2015, 10 months later, Liberia was declared free from the deadly outbreak. The nation is now recovering from its health system overhaul and becoming more stable.

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Bangladesh

Poverty, lack of accessible healthcare and the deep myths of leprosy are barriers to ending this disease in Bangladesh. Our teams work with the Government of Bangladesh, partners and communities affected with leprosy to identify new cases and ensure they are treated. 

Côte d’Ivoire

Nearly half of all people in this country live below the poverty line, and more than two thirds of children require treatment for intestinal worms. Living with intestinal worms steals nutrients from children, compromising their health during a key period of their development. Our team provides deworming treatment and Vitamin A to fight malnutrition and diseases due to malnutrition.

DRC

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leprosy, Buruli ulcer and Lymphatic Filariasis are pervasive and a shortage of healthcare workers or clinics leaves patients without care vulnerable to permanent disability and death.

India

India is diverse in all aspects – people, language, landscape and need. While considered a developed nation, India has a significant number of people living in poverty throughout the country and has the highest burden of neglected tropical diseases, like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

Kenya

Living with intestinal worms steals nutrients from children, compromising their health during a key period of their development. Our team provides deworming treatment and Vitamin A to fight malnutrition and diseases due to malnutrition.

Liberia

In 2014, 4,800 Liberians died during the Ebola outbreak. The outbreak shattered the nation. Today, we are walking alongside communities recovering and helping to overhaul health systems.

Nepal

In Nepal, healthcare is not available to everyone. Stigma associated with leprosy and LF adds more barriers to accessing healthcare and social support. Self-Help Groups bring care and peer support to the community, enabling people with leprosy and LF to improve their physical and mental well-being and to participate in society.

Nigeria

The people of Kwara State, Nigeria live in extreme poverty. They struggle to pay the fees government hospitals charge for treatment and medication. Our team is helping people with leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, Buruli ulcer and other preventable diseases of poverty by strengthening Nigeria’s health system and training healthcare workers to diagnose and treat those in need.

Leprosy Worldwide

Shrouded in mystery since Biblical times, leprosy brings fear and shame to all who are affected. You can join us in replacing that fear with hope as we fight back against leprosy through advocacy, raising awareness, and research. 

5,968

Assisted devices provided

1,297

Surgeries and follow-up treatments

1,422

Micro-finance loans granted

3,226

People given tools for self-care

335

Children assisted to attend school

13,713

Healthcare workers trained