Our Work

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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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 caused by malnutrition.

DRC

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leprosy, and complications of lymphatic filariasis are pervasive. A shortage of healthcare workers and clinics leaves patients without care and at a greater risk of permanent disability and death.

India

India has a significant number of people living in poverty throughout the country and has the highest burden of neglected tropical diseases, such as 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 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.

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 to diagnose and treat those in need.

Leprosy and Other NTDs 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 and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through advocacy, raising awareness, and research. 

525,850

people screened for leprosy
and other NTDs

2,614

new leprosy and other
NTD cases found

1,715,407

preschool children received deworming treatment and vitamin A

129,570

patients treated

1,874

surgeries provided

11,592

patients provided with disability and social support