Project HOPE began working in China more than 28 years ago with health professional training programs. Partnering with the Chinese Government, local universities and hospitals and supportive corporate partners, we currently operate 12 different heath care programs centered in Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan. These programs help strengthen the health systems not only in these cities, but also have far reaching impact on the health of the children, women and men across China.
Over the next week, I will be visiting a few of these programs, along with Project HOPE’s newly elected Chairman of the Board, Merck Chairman, Richard T. ClarK, and several of HOPE’s prominent donors and supporters.
We plan to check in on HOPE’s continuing work at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, a hospital we have supported from its inception. Opened in 1998, this hospital now performs nearly 3,000 pediatric heart procedures each year and provides a myriad of other health resources for China’s children.
We will also travel to Dujiangyan near Chengdu, where HOPE helped establish a rehabilitative program to help provide healing to those injured in the devastating 2008 earthquake.
We will end our visit in Beijing with an early celebration of World Diabetes Day and a briefing on HOPE’s continuing diabetes education work in China.
I invite you to join us on this journey. Over the next two weeks, be sure to check back and read my blog. You will be sure to learn more about HOPE’s important partnerships and our women’s and children’s’ health, non communicable disease and humanitarian assistance programs, that 28 years later, continue to train skilled health care workers and improve the health for people in China.
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