RESPONDING TO DISASTER
Project HOPE is deploying an emergency response team, including medical professionals, to Puerto Rico, which is facing a long period of recovery after Hurricane Maria left millions without power, compromising health facilities, the water system and sanitation services. HOPE’s team will include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and mental health specialists who will provide emergency care while HOPE’s logistics experts assess needs arising from the damaged health infrastructure. The first contingent will arrive on Saturday followed by other medical volunteers on Monday.
Hurricane Maria raged through the Caribbean islands, causing severe flooding in Puerto Rico, which was declared “a major disaster” zone by the White House, after it was struck on Wednesday by winds of up to 155 mph and torrential rains, causing widespread damage to homes and public buildings and devastating the power grid.
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. HOPE is still in Texas helping patients with hypertension, chronic illnesses and mental health ailments as people try to find a sense of normalcy after the chaos of a monster storm.
Volunteers continue to respond to hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
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At various times, Project HOPE has brought its global expertise to tackle health problems in the United States. In 1969, Project HOPE began conducting health programs in the Southwest, helping primarily Hispanic and Native American communities along the border regions. The programs traditionally targeted rural, medically underserved areas and focused on developing primary care services and training primary health care workers. More recently, our programs in the United States have addressed chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Project HOPE responded by sending $3 million of urgently needed medical supplies and 75 volunteer health professionals to the region aboard the USNS Comfort to provide medical care to hurricane victims.
From 2009-2012, Project HOPE, in partnership with United Health Group, ran the Habits for Life program in New Mexico. Habits for Life offered screenings and prevention education for diabetes, hypertension and obesity in an effort to raise awareness and increase access to care.
In 2011, Project HOPE assisted the Delta Health Alliance including the Leland Medical Clinic in the underserved, rural Mississippi Delta region by providing donated medical supplies and clinic equipment.
Project HOPE has also supplied donated medicines and clinic equipment to free medical clinics in Virginia and West Virginia.
Project HOPE has been proud to play a role in the humanitarian relief efforts in the Gulf region of the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a legacy that continues with the Delta Health Alliance today.
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