Mission: The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes and is dedicated to promoting awareness of and control of the spread of lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases (tbd) and their complications.
Programs: The lda's educational program efforts are directed in several ways: free speakers for programs all over the country for the general public, corporations, schools, government officials, health care providers; printed prevention materials orderable online for postage costs are mailed throughout the us. Boxes of brochures are shipped free to its ldanet umbrella groups, a loose partnership of 45 organizations throughout the us for which lda just hosted the annual leader meeting in philadelphia. An active facebook, https://www. Facebook. Com/lymediseaseassociation, reports on current updates on lyme and lda publishes a monthly newsletter and a blog. The lda website has over 1200 pages of educational material and news items and is updated several times a week.
conferences: in 2017, the lda held its 18th scientific conference, "lyme and other tick-borne diseases: what clinicians need to know about an expanding epidemic". They heard the science and clinical presentations from a faculty of 20 cutting edge researchers and physicians, which included speakers from institutions/practices from many states and canada.
grants: since 1992 lda has provided 112 research grants. Publications in peer-reviewed journals enable the field of lyme disease to move forward, and lda has been acknowledged as a research funder in 45 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. Funding educational programs and literature is another focus of the lda, and since 1999, has awarded 131 education grants to those entities who provide public and physician education programs and materials to help lyme patients. Lda provides educational scholarships for the lda/columbia continuing medical education scientific conference and has awarded 48 scholarships worth over $40,000 over the past 3 years.
I have been a volunteer for the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) since 1992. What amazes me about the people I work with is that everyone is a volunteer! Even the Officers and the Board members freely give their time to help people suffering with Lyme and other Tick Borne Diseases (TBDs). These people have made it their life vocation to find a cure for chronic Lyme disease. In today’s society to see such a generous and dedicated group of people is very rare!
Since the LDA is an all-volunteer non-profit, organization, without paid employees, almost all of its incoming revenue is dedicated to the LDA's mission. Over 96 cents of every dollar goes directly to LDA programs.
LDA’s mission is to promote awareness of and controlling the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, raise and distribute funds for Lyme and TBD research, education and other related Lyme and TBD issues; assisting underprivileged patients in connection with Lyme and other TBDs. I personally have seen hundreds of people benefit from the work of the LDA. The LDA web site is science and fact drive and helps people not just in the USA but all over the world.