July 19, 2018
Volunteer John with Dr. Zhao

Project HOPE medical volunteer training doctors in China Photo taken in 2012

The health care system in China has made remarkable advances over the past few decades, and Project HOPE is proud to have been an important partner in those achievements. That’s why the Project HOPE Alumni Association has published a unique 168-page monograph, “A History of Project HOPE in China,” documenting the organization’s pioneering 35-year history in helping to lay the groundwork for a modern health care system in China.

The monograph includes papers written by a number of staff and alumni who were intimately involved in key HOPE programs over the years, from early initiatives such as nursing education, community medicine, stomatology, neonatology and child health, and biomedical engineering programs to the development of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) and associated training programs to recent chronic disease and health promotion programs including diabetes, epilepsy, respiratory diseases, child nutrition and rehabilitation.

When Project HOPE embarked on its first programs in China some 35 years ago, it was in the spirit of friendship between peoples and countries, and collaboration among professionals who shared a commitment to the cause of advancing China’s health care system. This respectful relationship became the foundation for all of the programs which Project HOPE and its Chinese counterparts have undertaken over the years.

1998 Flood in China

Flood survivors Photo taken in 1998

For instance, the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) project was the first mega international collaboration at that time in health care, with a goal to provide a first-rated pediatric tertiary hospital in China. Three key elements ensured the success of SCMC: true partnership and sincere collaboration, developing local talents in pediatric medicine, and carrying out the mission of Project HOPE.

The Shanghai Children’s Medical Center is certainly among the most notable results of this long and enduring partnership – but as this monograph makes clear, Project HOPE’s work has had impact across the heath spectrum, and it has touched children and adults in every region of the country. Looking back over the last 35 years, it’s clear that through education and capacity building initiatives to improve China’s health system, new models of health care delivery and health sciences education have been developed.  The knowledge and skills of many thousands of Chinese health personnel have been upgraded, and health care for people throughout the country improved. 

Find out more about our legacy in China here.

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