effect:hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada) is a Christian mission that connects like-minded Canadians to people suffering in isolation from debilitating diseases. Through this connection, supporters are able to bring the cure and ongoing care to people struggling with disability and stigma. effect:hope’s work restores those affected to a welcome place in their community.
Activate and equip communities
Building inclusive and supportive communities is an important aspect of our overseas programs. We equip people with the skills needed to earn a livelihood, and also help them form support groups so they can help one another even after the program ends. With adequate follow-ups, and long-term access to services and support from field workers, effect:hope helps people thrive in their communities.
Strengthen health systems
Although we have treatments for diseases such as leprosy or hookworm, many endemic communities are unable to access those treatments. We work to strengthen health systems so they can handle the needs of each community they serve. Integrating disease management methods into a comprehensive strategy is one of the main outcomes of our health systems strengthening work.
Innovate through research
There is a lot we don’t know about leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases. For example, although we are able to provide the cure for leprosy in Multi-Drug Therapy, we want to be proactive and prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. By involving local communities, NGOs, and governments, we are able to get a better representation of how a disease affects an entire region.
We have also partnered up with The Mission to End Leprosy to form a new research initiative named R2STOP (Research to STOP transmission of neglected tropical diseases). Our first agenda is focused on leprosy, because we want to eliminate the disease once and for all.
Ensure the people we serve are treated as equals
Advocacy is critical to helping neglected people thrive in their communities. We work with governments to develop better policies and laws to help achieve this, such as removing discriminatory laws against people with leprosy. We involve the communities in our advocacy efforts to ensure we keep their best interests in mind. People affected by NTDs are also educated about their rights and supported to voice their concerns with those in power.
Address: Markham, ON