Project HOPE's relationship with Peru began in 1962 when the SS HOPE hospital ship, on its third humanitarian voyage and first mission to the Americas, docked in Salaverry to provide medical care and training. Shortly after, HOPE began implementing public health education programs in Trujillo, including medical programs at the University of Trujillo.

Project HOPE's 48 year history in Peru includes programs in child survival, economic empowerment of women through village health banks, humanitarian assistance in partnership with the United States Navy in 2007 and U.S. Air Force in 2012, and also disaster relief response to severe earthquakes in 2001 and 2008.

Our successful Village Health Bank (VHB) Program ran in Peru from 1998 until 2013. This program combined microcredit and health education to promoting economic security and overall quality of life for impoverished women and their families, improving the quality of life for 14,500 women and 10,500 children.

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