RESPONDING TO DISASTER
Project HOPE continues to respond to the urgent health needs in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria while also responding to ongoing health needs in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
In Puerto Rico medical volunteers continue to provide mobile health clinics to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria working where the need is greatest and access to care most difficult. Volunteers have treated nearly 1,200 patients since arriving on September 30. The Project HOPE Emergency Response team is also distributing 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. The medicines and supplies are being used by HOPE's medical teams working in the still hard to reach interior of the island.
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.
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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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