• An estimated 85 million Nigerians, around half of the country's population, live on less than $1.90 a day
  • The number of Nigerians falling into extreme poverty grows by roughly six people every minute
  • Only 3.73% of people are covered under Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Schemes
  • In Kwara State, where effect:hope works, nearly 72% of people live in poverty

Most people in Nigeria’s Kwara State live in extreme poverty. They struggle to pay the fees government hospitals charge for treatment and medication. 

Leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) are prevalent in Kwara State. People infected with leprosy or LF face serious health challenges and dramatic social stigma—discrimination, hatred and isolation. Often, because of the fear of this stigma, people seek medical treatment too late—after disability and permanent damage has occurred. 

The lack of access to stable healthcare has led to a significant increase in disease-related disabilities in Kwara State. With your help, effect:hope can find these children, women and men who need treatment for leprosy and lymphatic filariasis and provide proper care.

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


Cure Someone for $33 a Month

An early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma, 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 have leprosy-related disabilities, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

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