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Project HOPE volunteers have worked in Vietnam for several years as part of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership mission. In 2017, a group of 11 HOPE volunteers consisting of physicians, registered nurses, a physician’s assistant and a director of pharmacy implemented side-by-side training to local health care professionals and also provided patient care in a land-based Pacific Partnership mission in Vietnam. Specialized training included palliative care, infection control, burn care and advanced cardiac life support.

History

In June of 2012, nine Project HOPE volunteers took part in the U.S. Air Force Pacific Angel humanitarian mission to Vietnam, providing medical, dental and optometry care and education to people in underserved communities. More than 20 volunteers visited the country later the same summer as part of Pacific Partnership 2012 and provided care including surgeries aboard the USNS Mercy.

Volunteers aboard the USNS Mercy also traveled to Vietnam as part of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Partnership 2010. Along with their Navy counterparts, 25 HOPE medical volunteers cared for more 19,000, performed 130 surgeries and participated in more than 700 educational contacts during the two-week mission. Volunteers also provided care in Cambodia and Indonesia as part of the same mission.

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