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No Person Neglected
No Community Too Far

Over my years with The Leprosy Mission, now effect:hope, I have seen how things have become much, much better. The way we worked decades ago has evolved dramatically to ensure we remain effective throughout these changing times.

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A Year in Review

Where there are Neglected Tropical Diseases, there is immense need. Yet the people most affected have dreams like everyone else – they just need someone to believe in them and take the necessary risks to make it happen. At effect:hope, we’re striving to find the most effective tools to empower healing and restoration in four key areas of service.

CURE & CARE

Our mission is to care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. In areas where health care is not readily available, we equip communities with the tools needed to detect and treat Neglected Tropical Diseases.

INDONESIA: In rural Indonesia, it is nearly impossible to access health care. People with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases are vulnerable to a lifetime of disability without the care they need today.

effect:hope supports mobile health clinics with the education and tools required to break down barriers faced by those with disability-causing diseases.

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BREAKING THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION

To eliminate leprosy completely, we must learn how the disease is transmitted from one person to the next. Our focus for 2015 was to bring together some of the top researchers in this field.

PHILADELPHIA: effect:hope launched the R2STOP research initiative. 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.

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GIVING A VOICE TO THE STIGMATIZED

People with Neglected Tropical Diseases are strong, courageous and ready to rebuild their lives – but the stigma that follows this disease silences their battle cries for change. effect:hope is advocating to ensure these men, women and children are heard and are supported by welcoming inclusive communities.

GERMANY: effect:hope was part of the Canadian team to bring Neglected Tropical Diseases, including leprosy, to the forefront at the 41st G7 Summit. In response, the G7 committed to increase focus and investment on understanding and combating these diseases.

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STRONGER HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Receiving a diagnosis of a Neglected Tropical Disease is often terrifying. Many people don’t know what their personal future will be – let alone the future for their family. effect:hope is working to help strengthen local health care systems so that health care is available for all people.

LIBERIA: After Ebola devastated this country, the health care system was overwhelmed – much of the progress we’d made in establishing care for those with Buruli ulcer and Neglected Tropical Diseases was lost and is now being rebuilt.

In the past year, we’ve conducted a thorough assessment of the impact Ebola had on communities and people at risk for disabilities from leprosy and other disability-causing diseases. Our task now is to build a plan to bring together health care workers who can help care for the most vulnerable children, women and men.

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“WE ARE TREATING A PERSON, NOT A DISEASE. THAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF REHABILITATION.”
DR. PAUL BRAND

No Community Too Far:
A Focus on Liberia

This past year has been critical for effect:hope. So much work has been done in laying the foundation necessary to fulfill our promises of hope for the children, women and men with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.

While we bring healing and hope to 12 countries around the world, Liberia has been a focus country in 2015.

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“CHARITY, TO BE FRUITFUL, MUST COST US… TO LOVE, IT IS NECESSARY TO GIVE: TO GIVE, IT IS NECESSARY TO BE FREE FROM SELFISHNESS.”
MOTHER TERESA

A Solid Foundation for a Hopeful Future

Huddled in the corner of the room, Anara hugged her children close. There was little she could do about the rains and wind that swept through their home. She wasn’t sure what intrusions bothered her most – the winds, the rain, the snakes or the dogs.

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“TRULY I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU DID FOR ME.”
MATTHEW 25:40

Dancing for a Cure

Esmail Hatami grew up watching his father care for the sick and disabled. They lived near a leprosy colony in Kurdistan, Iran. Esmail’s father was a healer and would spend his days tirelessly helping children, women and men suffering the effects of leprosy.

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Carol Morris – Chair of the Board

I’m so excited about the foundations laid during 2015. The advances made by effect:hope are gaining international recognition for their innovative approach to diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating people with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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David Weind – Vice-Chair

Once you’ve seen leprosy up close, you never forget that kind of suffering. This disease robs people of their ability to walk and manage day-to-day tasks – but more than that, it robs them of their dignity, self-worth and respect among their peers. These effects are much harder to heal… but we have the power today to bring hope and healing.

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With Deepest Gratitude

 

Generous Canadians provide nearly 90% of our support through their compassionate financial gifts and unconditional offers of volunteer time – these men and women are steadfastly loyal to those we serve. To these supporters we extend our heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude.

While we celebrate the achievements of effect:hope, we humbly remember: “the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow…” (Ecc 4:16)

Fighting against leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases requires equally dedicated partners to walk with us. We are delighted to recognize the many foundations, institutions and companies that are fighting at our side.

Some of these organizations have even rallied their own staff to support our work.

Throughout this report, you’ll find many examples of the work made possible by a global community. Working together, we can see how ideas are transformed into reality and seemingly insurmountable barriers are broken.

Thank you for standing with us. We welcome your prayers and gifts as encouragement to continue working against leprosy and other debilitating diseases. We continue to seek out like-minded people and organizations who will help us to learn, innovate and grow.

We are stronger together.

Financials

Financial Highlights

Our work around the world is made possible only through the support of generous Canadians. Get a detailed look at where that support is used, and who it impacts.

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Auditor’s Report

Integrity is core to our values as an organization. We are proud to have our stewardship audited and verified by an independent auditor. The full audited statements are available for your review.

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819Children helped to attend school
2719People who noticed improved participation in family, community and work
6831People who received medical attention and care
219385People screened for Leprosy

Your Dollars In Action

effect:hope works collaboratively with 11 partners around the world to make lasting, systemic changes that will benefit lives for generations to come, while offering compassionate care to those who need immediate support because of the effects of leprosy and other neglected diseases.

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Bangladesh

117542831% of total

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India

85715023% of total

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Indonesia

2980738% of total

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Liberia

2297436% of total

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Myanmar

2466286% of total

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Nigeria

1751415% of total

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Nepal

1699944% of total

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DR Congo

1435654% of total

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Côte D’Ivoire

1081033% of total

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Ghana

698122% of total

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Ethiopia

693692% of total

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Kenya

271931% of total

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Global

2264526% of total