Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.
Over the past five decades, Project HOPE has demonstrated its ability to develop and permanently institute long-term solutions to pressing health problems, the true essence of helping people help themselves.
Project HOPE remains as committed as ever to addressing the world’s new health threats by playing a leadership role forging new alliances among those on the frontlines of health and together seek new solutions.
Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe. They are committed to long-term sustainable health care. The work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health facilities, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help.
Health Care Education
Project HOPE helps train the staff necessary to operate hospitals, clinics and community health programs in the poorest regions of the world. Programs range from the training of community health promoters in areas such as primary care, reproductive health, and maternal and children’s health, to the establishment of highly specialized, tertiary care postgraduate medical programs in fields such as nursing and health professional continuing education.
The mission of Project HOPE’s Humanitarian Assistance program is twofold; provide emergency assistance where disasters strike and strengthen the educational programs and facilities with medicines and medical products.
While Project HOPE is not always among the first organizations to bring medical products into an area affected by a natural or man-made disaster, the strategy is to provide long-term access to vital medicines and supplies, even after the attention of the outside world has moved on to other issues.
Project HOPE was founded on the willingness of doctors, nurses and other medical volunteers to travel the globe on a floating hospital ship - the SS HOPE- to provide medical care, health education and humanitarian assistance to people in need. While they now operate land-based programs in more than 35 countries, Project HOPE, in a unique partnership with the U.S. Navy, has again returned to sending medical volunteers on board ships around the world to provide medical assistance, health education programs, vaccinations and humanitarian assistance.
Health Facility Strengthening
Project HOPE has helped to build, support and train the staff necessary to operate hospitals and clinics, especially those targeted to the needs of children. These facilities provide a unique vehicle through which training resources can be focused thus making the maximum contribution to the improvement of the health of children in developing nations. These facilities can also serve as national training centers to train physicians, nurses, administrators, and allied health professionals from across their respective countries or regions.
Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy thought and research, is published by Project HOPE. The peer-reviewed journal appears bimonthly in print with additional weekly online Web Exclusive articles. Published since 1981, The Washington Post, has called Health Affairs the bible of health policy.
Global Health Expertise
Project HOPE’s successful implementation of health education and humanitarian assistance programs have been highlighted in journal articles, applied in case studies, presented at international global health conferences and developed into posters and other materials that demonstrate the program results.