In partnership with the Leprosy Mission Ireland, effect:hope has launched R2STOP. This new and innovative initiative promotes and funds research into understanding the transmission of leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases. It is this understanding that will ultimately equip us to break the chains of transmission that perpetuate these diseases.

Our current research agenda focuses on the following priorities:

  1. To understand human-to-human transmission.
  2. To discover the non-human hosts and their relationship to transmitting leprosy.
  3. To learn the specific genetic properties that increase the risk factors of leprosy.
  4. To understand the pathways of leprosy, where the hotspots are and why those regions are susceptible.

In 2016, research funding was awarded to six highly respected scientists: