• 24% of Bangladeshis live below the poverty line
  • Out-of-pocket health expenditure is pushing an additional 5.2 million people into poverty
  • 3,754 people were diagnosed with leprosy in 2017
  • 9% of the population suffer from some form of disability
  • 56% of people have access to improved sanitation facilities and 60% practise handwashing with soap and water
  • An estimated 1.7 million school-age children do not go to school in Bangladesh and only 66% of those in school will complete primary education

In Bangladesh, effect:hope programs operate in many regions where new diagnoses of leprosy continue every year. These areas are highly endemic for the disease due to a high level of poverty and lack of access to healthcare. We help people living in these areas and those coming from all across Bangladesh for treatment and support. Disease and disability make the hurdles of poverty higher and more challenging to overcome.

In Northwest Bangladesh, people with disabilities due to neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) are provided with economic support through micro-grants to start an income-generating activity and through skills training. This allows people affected by leprosy or LF and their families to raise their income level out of poverty and have a better quality of life. Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh continues to conduct clinical research while providing important treatment and health services for people with leprosy.

You can help people in Bangladesh with the cure for leprosy and specialized treatments to recover from this disease.

Here's how you can help the people of Bangladesh:

Cure Someone $33 a month

Early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy affected patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma caused by this fully-curable disease, health workers, community members and government workers are trained for early detection, proper treatment, and stigma reduction. Leprosy awareness education sessions and workshops are also held for the public. For those who already attained disabilities due to leprosy, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

$33 x

Provide a Bundle of Hope $75

Complete care for 1 family living in extreme
poverty, including:

  • Access to proper health care with trained health care providers
  • Rehabilitation support, such as micro-grants for starting a small business
  • Vocational training on income generating activities and
  • Assistance with school fees for children to complete their education
  • Access to government support services
$75 x

Help Stop Leprosy $100

Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh (LFRB)

  • Conducts research on the transmission of leprosy using various methods of data collection to obtain samples from leprosy affected individuals and their families
  • Discovers and tests better diagnosis and treatment methods
  • Trains and provides a research-friendly environment for health care providers who have direct experience with leprosy
  • Produces valuable research evidence on leprosy treatment and care for health care providers and the international leprosy community
  • Treats and cares for complications from leprosy