To eliminate leprosy completely, we must find a definitive answer to how this disease is transmitted from one person to the next. Our focus for 2015 was to break the chain of transmission by bringing together some of the top researchers in this field.

PHILADELPHIA: effect:hope successfully launched the R2STOP (Research to Stop transmission of NTDs) campaign.

The R2STOP campaign commissioned an independent literature review and brought partners together including infectious disease researchers, clinicians, public health experts and social scientists to discuss gaps in our understanding of leprosy transmission.

Over the course of three months, we invited proposals from all sectors of the research community to contribute to a global research strategy focused on controlling and ultimately eradicating leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.

effect:hope narrowed the submissions down to 50 and hope to narrow those proposals again to 10 focused research projects.

In the coming year, we will continue to update our current partners and donors on the success of this campaign and the new information gathered to improve prevention strategies of Neglected Tropical Diseases.