In response to the rapidly increasing prevalence of diabetes and the universal lack of trained diabetes and medical professionals, Project HOPE created the International Diabetes Educator and E-Learning program (IDEEL), an innovative web-based learning program on diabetes designed to extend our education and training reach for health care professionals at a reduced cost.
The IDEEL Spanish version has been steadily gaining recognition and enrolling students in the Latin American and the Caribbean region.
Project HOPE created a long-term partnership with the University of León in 1966 when the SS HOPE docked in Nicaragua to provide medical care and training. Throughout HOPE's history in Nicaragua, we have helped establish various residency programs, supported the rehabilitation of four hospitals, piloted programs improving maternal and child health, and donated more than $22 million in Gift-In-Kind to health facilities.
In 2006, HOPE began The Village Health Banks program, in Managua. The program provided health education and micro-lending training to women while also educating families on domestic violence and women's rights. The program reached over 7,000 children and 1,800 women with education and also improved women's access to legal resources and referrals for counseling and other related services.
More recently Project HOPE launched a program in collaboration with Ministry of Health of Nicaragua to vaccinate senior citizens and people with chronic diseases against pneumococcal disease. Over 1 million doses of the Pneumovax 23 vaccine have been provided by a Project HOPE partner to vaccinate Nicaraguans.
Project HOPE has also assisted the people of Nicaragua with humanitarian relief efforts. Since 2007 HOPE medical volunteers from the around the United States have participated in the U.S. Navy's Continuing Promise humanitarian mission, joining their military counterparts to provide medical care and health education to the people of Nicaragua.
Ann MacGregor traveled with the SS HOPE from its launch in 1960. Throughout her six-year journey, she wrote letters to her mother that she later retrieved and made into a book entitled Letters of HOPE.
Oscar's mother drove him across two countries just to see the volunteer doctors.
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