Millwood, Virginia, May 15, 2012

Project HOPE, known for taking health education and humanitarian aid to the world via sea and land, today took its message to the digital world by launching the first of a three-part mini-documentary series about the health challenges the organization tackles around the world.

The first mini-documentary features HOPE volunteer Dr. Dana Braner, a pediatric intensive care physician from the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The series is directed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joshua Seftel, whose work has aired on PBS, HBO, Showtime, Bravo and A&E, and been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Today, women, children and families in the developing world face health challenges of immense proportions. We want the world to know how HOPE is responding -- and how people can help. That is why we are leveraging the power of the Web, particularly social networks, to share our story and encourage others to get engaged,” said John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE.

The second installment of the mini-documentary series is scheduled to debut online on June 13, 2012, with the final segment airing on July 17.


About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises, 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 conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in 35 countries across five continents. 

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