In 1991 Project HOPE launched a nation-wide infant Hepatitis B immunization campaign in Romania in which we shipped 750,000 doses of vaccines and the supplies needed to administer them. Also in 1991 we shipped antibiotics, influenza vaccine and other medical supplies worth $8.2 million to Romania. In 1992, HOPE initiated a program to improve maternal and child health in Romania through training faculty of nursing schools in contemporary nursing theory and practice and developing model clinical units that exemplified contemporary nursing practice. Project HOPE also donated OB/GYN equipment to the Dr. Ioan Aurel Sbraceo Hospital in Brasov in 2000.
In more recent years Project HOPE, in partnership with the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow, Poland and the Dr. Ioan Aurel Sbraceo Hospital in Brasov, Romania, has been facilitating a neonatal care training exchange program. This program seeks to reduce preventable deaths and disabilities of newborns and their mothers in the Brasov region of Romania. Using the “Train the Trainer” methodology, medical specialists from Romania are being trained by consultants from Poland’s University Children’s Hospital in such topics as perinatal infection prevention, ultrasonography and patient safety.
Project HOPE was honored with a medal of recognition for our 41-year partnership with the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow (UCH).
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