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Hong Kong, China, September 9, 2014
Project HOPE's printed material to educate parents of preemies about the dangers of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Project HOPE is working to improve the health outcomes for premature babies in Hong Kong through its Society of Early Arrivals (SEA) program.  The program has its own Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SEAhongKong), which supports the program with helpful information for parents of premature babies.

Project HOPE hosted an intimate and interactive gathering for SEA Facebook fans to share parenting experiences and learn about the transmission and prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).  With the page’s subscriber number reaching more than 550, the gathering was developed to further engage with the fans, build closer bonds with SEA members and raise awareness about RSV.

The event took place in a very nice coffee shop in Hong Kong.  Most of the preemies in attendance were less than one year old and their gestational weeks were mostly between 23 and 30 weeks.  Jenny Xu of Project HOPE Shanghai introduced Project HOPE and the mission of SEA.  SEA was established to improve the awareness of the public and parents about premature babies and encourage mutual support among parents and health care practitioners in Hong Kong.

Preemies and their parents attend the Society of Early Arrivals gathering for Facebook Fans event in Hong Kong on August 17, 2014

Dr. Steve Shing Chi Lau, Consultant Pediatrician from Union Hospital, Hong Kong, presented general information about RSV and shared tips for parenting of preemies.  Dr. Lau also answered parents’ and reporters’ questions during a break.

Maggie Mo, a registered social worker, and Jenny Xu shared their personal experiences as mothers of preemies.  Jenny radiated positive energy and calm and those attending found an encouraging role model.  Maggie showed a video highlighting the growth of her preemie daughter Faye.

A group photo was taken, and the parents had some time to chat.  They mentioned the need for more information in Hong Kong on preemie care and disease management.  Project HOPE through its SEA program is proud to be helping meet that need.

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