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Millwood, VA, October 9, 2014
Project HOPE awarded  $950,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to improve cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment capacity at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has received a $950,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program.  The funds will be used to improve cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment capacity at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center to save children’s lives.

The grant was announced at a ceremony at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center today by the United States Ambassador to China, Max Sieben Baucus.

“Project HOPE is proud of our strong legacy of support for the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center,” said John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE. “With this latest grant, the hospital will be able to increase the survival rate of children with congenital heart disease in China by improving early diagnoses and timely interventions.”

United States Ambassador to China, Max Sieben Baucus announced ASHA grant at Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

Project HOPE has been working to improve the health of communities in China for more than 30 years through a strong partnership with the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (formerly known as the Ministry of Health).

Project HOPE helped develop the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC), which opened in 1998.  SCMC is now the foremost children’s hospital in China, particularly for diagnosing and treating children with cancer, congenital heart diseases and rare genetic diseases.  SCMC performed 3,685 open-heart surgeries in 2013 alone.  Project HOPE continues to support SCMC through training of health care professionals and health system strengthening.

About American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices.  ASHA’s grants help these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships and mutual understanding among citizens of the United States and other nations.

About Project HOPE

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. Visit our website projecthope.org and follow us on Twitter @projecthopeorg

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Geraldine Carroll  Tel. 540-257-3746  gcarroll@projecthope.org

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