Millwood, VA, February 9, 2015

Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian assistance organization, announced today that it will deliver another shipment of donated medicines and supplies, valued at USD $39 million, to Syrian refugees in Turkey who are battling another harsh winter, as medical needs increase.

"This remains the number one humanitarian crisis in the world.  Outbreaks of measles and polio are impacting children due to diminishing vaccine coverage.  The incidences of communicable, vaccine-preventable diseases and chronic diseases are increasing as well,” said John P. Howe III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE.

Turkey hosts the largest Syrian refugee community in the region estimated to include 1.8 million people. There are about 224,000 Syrians living in Turkish Temporary Protection Centers while other displaced Syrians are scattered throughout the country. 

“We are working in partnership with the Turkish government and other NGO partners to ensure that the humanitarian supplies, which will benefit over 217,000 people, are delivered to hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, aid stations and refugee camps for Syrian refugees and displaced individuals,” said Dr. Howe, who will meet with officials in Ankara and visit refugee camps along the Turkish border this week.

Project HOPE developed and now oversees a monitoring and evaluation program to ensure the donated products from global pharmaceutical and medical supply companies are received in Turkey and distributed to those in need.  Since February 2013, HOPE has shipped USD $107 million of donated pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical equipment and supplies, including five ocean shipments and seven air shipments to the region.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian children are living in refugee camps after fleeing the conflict in Syria, now in its fifth year, and it’s estimated that the vast majority of the children in temporary shelters in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon are under the age of 13.

In 2010, Project HOPE helped create Basrah Children’s Hospital, the first new hospital constructed since the early 1980s in Iraq, and the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the country.  Against the backdrop of war, Project HOPE equipped the hospital with donated equipment and supplies and trained its staff, using privately donated funds.  The hospital features high-impact children's health services with a special focus on oncology.

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, and conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries.  Visit our website and follow us on Twitter @projecthopeorg

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