Millwood, Virginia, June 25, 2008

(June 25, 2008) Millwood, Va. – Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, received a grant from Triple Canopy, Inc., to support continued health professional training for the Basrah Children’s Hospital in Iraq.

Scheduled to open later this year, the Basrah Children’s Hospital is a modern, state-of-the art, 94-bed pediatric referral hospital for children suffering from cancer. The facility is being built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Project HOPE is responsible for equipping the hospital and training hospital staff to provide the best medical care for the children of Iraq.

Triple Canopy is the second member company of the National Defense Industrial Association to offer support to Project HOPE programs this year. “Since 1958, Project HOPE has been providing humanitarian assistance, health care services, and health education around the world to benefit children in places plagued by natural disasters, war, political strife, economic instability and poverty,” said John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE. “Our new partnership with Triple Canopy, Inc. is another example of how together, corporations and non-governmental organizations can strengthen U.S. relations with developing nations, and continue to show the world, through our collaboration, America’s boundless capacity for caring.”

The Basrah Children’s Hospital represents the first new hospital constructed in Iraq since the 1980s and will provide Basrah and the southern governorates with high-impact children’s health services with an oncology focus including cancer prevention, early diagnosis and cures using standard therapies otherwise unavailable in the country. Childhood cancers are 8 to 10 times more common in Iraq than in developed countries. The hospital will also become a center of excellence in technology, practice, training and administration, creating a revolution in health systems across Iraq.

In 2006-2007, Project HOPE trained 92 nurses for the new hospital. The Triple Canopy, Inc., grant will help Project HOPE to continue medical education for nearly 60 nurses and ancillary staff leaders currently in training in Muscat, Oman and nearly 200 who are scheduled for training in diploma nursing, radiography, physiotherapy and laboratory over the next few years. Project HOPE is committed to an active training program for clinical staff for the Basrah Children’s Hospital through the year 2020.

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