In Bangladesh, Effect Hope works with partners in regions where neglected tropical diseases like leprosy continue to prevent people and communities from thriving. These areas experience a high rate of poverty, contaminated water and limited access to suitable toilets. In these areas, appropriate health care is often not accessible. Because of this, it is common to see delays in diagnoses and disabilities arising from infections. Disease and disability make the hurdles created by poverty higher and more challenging to overcome.
In northwestern Bangladesh, people with disabilities due to neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis receive support through micro-grants to start a small business or through skills training. This allows people affected by leprosy or lymphatic filariasis and their families to increase their income and have a better quality of life.
Research is an important step towards ending diseases like leprosy. We work closely with Leprosy Field Research Bangladesh to conduct clinical research to better understand the disease, its transmission and treatment and needed health services for people affected by leprosy.