Project HOPE has been supporting the Syrian Refugee Crisis through our program in Macedonia since September of 2015. The continuing influx of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa crossing the Greece/Macedonia border daily, traveling through Macedonia on their way to European Union nations, is putting a strain on Macedonia's health care system and resources. Project HOPE has responded with critically needed shipments of medicines, including vaccines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help to provide medical care directly to refugees, including children.
In 1992 HOPE began a program for hospital managers in Macedonia to improve patient care by upgrading the management skills of key hospital and health professional staff. These health care professionals were trained on topics such as human resource management, policy, financial analysis and marketing.
In 2007 Project HOPE began implementing the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program in Macedonia to improve the quality of care for patients by providing targeted donations of medicines and medical supplies. By providing donations valued at more than $20 million, Project HOPE is helping the Ministry of Health and hospitals increase budget saving and improve the availability of appropriate medicines and medical supplies.
As part of the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program in Macedonia Project HOPE volunteer doctors, nurses and other health professionals are now providing training to local health care professionals in the areas of pediatrics, cardiology and hospital administration.
Vlatko Uzevski joined Project HOPE in 2008 as Program Manager of our Strategic Medical Resupply Program, which helps several countries in Central/Eastern Europe and Africa with donated medicines and medical supplies.
The main purpose of their mission in Skopje, Macedonia was to develop a Nurse Educational Training program.
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