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Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on November 16, 2011
We ended our visit to HOPE’s program sites in China with a Partners Reception in Beijing attended by Ministry of Health officials, corporate partner representatives and members of the Chinese media, all very important to making HOPE’s health education programs in China a success.
Our newly elected Chairman of the Board, Merck Chairman, Richard T. Clark, spoke at the event, recounting his experience of witnessing the thriving Project HOPE health education programs we visited over the past week.
We met children at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, now healthier because of care and specialized treatment available at the renowned hospital. We met physicians and nurses working at community hospitals and rural health centers, now better educated because of HOPE’s Rural Training Program. We met victims of the massive 2008 Sichuan earthquake, mobile again, thanks to HOPE’s Rehabilitative Training Program. And we met patients, throughout Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing, now more knowledgeable about the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, thanks to HOPE’s chronic disease programs which place a high priority on patient education.
HOPE has worked in China for 28 years, providing health education and humanitarian assistance to help improve the health of children, women and men. Mr. Clark pointed out that the success of this long-term relationship would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of HOPE’s partners, including the Chinese government, U.S. corporations and the Chinese media, which helps spread health news to the community.
“We’ve accomplished a lot,” he said. “But there is more to do. I hope this is the beginning of another 28 years of working together to better health.”
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on November 15, 2011
On our last day in Beijing, we visited the Daxing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the 18 diabetes training centers developed by Project HOPE, with the support of the Ministry of Health, to expand and improve diabetes education and care in China.
The community hospital combines traditional Chinese medicine and Western treatments, with an emphasis on patient education, to battle the increasing incidence of diabetes among the Chinese.
HOPE’s diabetes program has been in place at the Daxing Hospital since 2009.
The Hospital’s Director of Endocrinology and Coordinator for HOPE’s Diabetes Education and Care Program, Dr. Ma Li, is an early graduate of HOPE’s Diabetes Education Program, graduating from our third training program in 2001 from Peking University People’s Hospital. He told our delegation that he uses the knowledge he gained during his diabetes education training on a daily basis in his current work, especially when communicating with patients.
Currently, Daxing Hospital hosts diabetes education for primary care medical professionals every week, and provides patient education courses every month, sharing important information about diabetes care and prevention to more and more people. Using HOPE’s own longtime tagline, Dr. Ma said, “We help them (the patients) help themselves.”
While there is still much to accomplish, it is satisfying to know that HOPE’s diabetes education programs in China have trained 44,094 physicians, nurses and health care workers from 3,019 hospitals and community health centers and have reached 223, 728 patients and their family members.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on November 11, 2011
On our first day in Beijing, we visited the Zhanlanlu Community Health Service Center for an early World Diabetes Day (WDD) celebration.
China has more than 92 million people with diabetes and 150 million with pre-diabetes. Project HOPE began partnering with the Ministry of Health in China and corporate partners Eli Lilly & Company, BD and Roche in 1998 to provide diabetes education for doctors and nurses. Since then, the program has been expanded, with continuing support from Lilly, to improve the accessibility and quality of diabetes care in rural and urban communities through community health centers like Zhanlanlu.
The Zhanlanlu Center was buzzing with excitement when we arrived for the early morning WDD celebration. Nearly 200 residents from the community signed up for the free diabetes testing and counseling offered at the celebration. One of these residents was Mrs. Liu. Mrs. Liu told me that she has been battling diabetes for seven years, and she is so grateful for the clinic near her home, on the outskirts of Beijing, where she can come for testing and advice on how to manage her disease. With the patient education she receives from HOPE-trained medical professionals at the Center, including advice on diet and exercise, Mrs. Liu told me she is determined to reduce blood sugar levels and live a healthier life.
In addition to patients and HOPE-trained medical professionals, the HOPE Delegation was also joined at the WDD event by Ministry of Health officials and representatives from the China Diabetes Society. We heard a recurring theme of praise from the Chinese officials as they recognized the outstanding efforts of the patients themselves, who are not only taking their education to heart and making lifestyle changes to improve their diabetes, but who are also sharing their knowledge with family, friends and colleagues.
To date, Project HOPE diabetes education programs in China have reached 223,728 patients and family members.
Be sure to check back on our website for more on the success of our diabetes programs in China on the official World Diabetes Day, Monday, November 14.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on November 10, 2011
On our last day in Chengdu, we traveled to the newly constructed Chengdu Women and Children’s Medical Center. Formerly known as the Chengdu Children’s Hospital, Project HOPE has partnered with this medical facility for years through our Rural Training Program. The goal of the Program is to enhance the pediatric care in selected children's hospitals in less developed regions of China by providing concentrated health professional training.
We met with the impressive Dr. Mao Ming, President of the Chengdu Women and Children’s Medical Center. See described the challenges of treating women and children in the same hospital facility, a new concept in China.
Dr. Mao also expressed hopes for a continued partnership with Project HOPE, before introducing, Richard Clark, our Board Chairman, and me to 12 of the 15 doctors and nurses, now working at the Medical Center, trained by the HOPE’s Rural Training Program.
Mr. Clark and I spoke with each of the Fellows, all of whom had received their training at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. All were grateful for the experience they received and said they returned to Chengdu not only to use their improved skills to treat patients, but also to share their new knowledge with other doctors and nurses at the Medical Center.
Many of the Fellows mentioned that they were hesitant to participate in the Program at first, because the commitment required them to leave Chengdu for a year of study and work in Shanghai. But every Fellow with whom we spoke said that their year-long experience at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center prepared them for leadership roles in their respective departments at the Medical Center. They currently hold critical positions such as Director of Emergency Room and Head of Pediatrics. Each of them said they would recommend the Program to others.
Since the Program began in 2002, Project HOPE has graduated 248 fellows from 18 different provinces in China. Currently, 25 nurses and doctors are enrolled in the Program. We would like to do more.
Before we left the Medical Center, one of the members of our delegation, James Shen, Government Affairs Director for Convidien China, received words of appreciation from Dr. Mao. Convidien has supported Project HOPE’s Children’s Health and Safety Program to promote child safety in China through professional health education courses taught at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and soon to be taught at the Medical Center in Chengdu.
Tomorrow, we will be in Beijing for a review of HOPE’s diabetes prevention and education programs, just in time for World Diabetes Day.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on November 8, 2011
For the past few days, we have been witnessing the impact of HOPE’s health education programs in China. For a shining example of how HOPE responds to humanitarian disasters with recovery programs that not only help relief efforts, but help strengthen health systems, Project HOPE’s new Chairman of the Board, Richard Clark, the HOPE delegation, and I, visited the Dujiangyan Medical Center in the Sichuan Province.
I first visited the Dujiangyan Hospital just two weeks after the massive 2008 Sichuan earthquake that killed more than 4,000 people and injured nearly 10,000 in the historic City alone.
The hospital was damaged by the earthquake, but busy medical professionals, some trained by HOPE’s Rural Training Program, were working day and night to care for injured victims.
Project HOPE immediately coordinated the delivery of more than $1 million of medical supplies to the relief effort. But more importantly, we helped set-up a Rehabilitation Medicine Training Program that has not only benefited the people of Dujiangyan recovering from earthquake related injuries, but now serves others needing rehabilitative medical care and has expanded to other regions in China.
Three years after the massive earthquake, the Dujiangyan Medical Center is in a brand new building. We were greeted at the hospital entrance by dozens of energetic medical professionals attending the Fourth Rehabilitation Train the Trainer Workshop.
As Mr. Clark and I spoke at the opening ceremonies of the workshop, alongside Chinese government officials, Ministry of Health representatives and hospital administrators, we couldn’t help but be proud of the accomplishments of this successful collaboration. To date, the rehabilitation training program established by HOPE has:
While the numbers are impressive, it is the stories of the individuals impacted by HOPE programs that really touch the heart.
We met several patients on our visit to Dujiangyan including Mr. Wang. Mr. Wang was buried under ruble during the 2008 earthquake. Immediately following the earthquake, Mr. Wang received an important surgery performed by a HOPE-trained doctor. The surgery, along with the rehabilitation care he received from HOPE-trained medical professionals has allowed Mr. Wang to regain much of his mobility. I‘ve have met with Mr. Wang on almost every subsequent visit I have made to the hospital since the earthquake. Still, Mr. Wang made a point to visit the Dujiangyan Medical Center once again, this time to meet Mr. Clark, and show the HOPE delegation his continuing progress.
From seeing the eager faces of medical professionals attending the rehabilitative care workshop, to visiting with patients who are benefiting from the program, it was rewarding for our delegation to observe first-hand how HOPE stepped in to help during a crisis, and with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Health and dedicated staff of the Dujiangyan Medical Center, we have supported continuing medical needs by helping to develop a model for training rehabilitation professionals that is expanding throughout China.