Project HOPE continues to respond to the urgent and unmet health needs in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria while also supporting ongoing health needs in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Maria

In Puerto Rico medical volunteers are providing health services through mobile health clinics working where the need is greatest and access to care most difficult. Volunteers have treated more than 3,900 patients since arriving on September 30. The Project HOPE Emergency Response team has also distributed 1,500 vials of donated insulin to diabetic patients and partners across the island who are in desperate need of the medication. HOPE has coordinated the delivery of 2,600 water purification kits to a local partner and is providing outreach to families with instructions on the proper usage of the kits. Since each kit can purify up to 3,000 liters of water, which is enough for a family of four up to one year, this donation could provide clean water to more than 10,000 people for a year. Project HOPE has also transported $500,000 of medicines and hygiene kits, through the use of two private aircrafts. HOPE has distributed medicines and supplies to patients and partner organizations across 46 municipalities on the island. More than 70 Project HOPE medical volunteers have worked alongside HOPE's Emergency Response team to help those in need after Hurricane Maria.

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Aiding Victims of Irma and Harvey

Thanks to your support, Project HOPE also responded to hurricanes Harvey and Irma with medical volunteers in clinics in and around Houston and care for elderly and special needs patients displaced by Irma in Florida. In Texas, medical volunteers supported several clinics, both in areas that were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey treating more than 3,000 patients, providing clinic services, immunizations and mental health services. Future plans include support of a mobile clinic to provide medical outreach to vulnerable populations still having difficulty accessing health care after Hurricane Harvey. 

Project HOPE has been working in communities throughout the Americas since 1962, when the SS HOPE first docked in Peru. HOPE's long-term programs have ranged from the development of programs on basic health training for mothers to major infrastructure reform and humanitarian assistance in times of natural disaster.

Project HOPE programs are developed in partnership with local counterparts to meet the particular demands of the communities within local constraints and culture.

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