Everyone deserves access to the health care they need to reach their full potential.
For more than 60 years, Project HOPE has transformed the health and well-being of people and communities around the world. We work on the front lines of the world’s health challenges, partnering hand-in-hand with communities, health care workers and public health systems to ensure sustainable change.
Healing people. Transforming lives.
As the world’s population rises, a growing shortage of health care workers threatens to undermine incredible gains in global health. We’re building a different world: a strong and resilient global community of health care workers who practice innovative solutions in their communities — and then pass them on to others.
Project HOPE places power in the hands of local health care workers to save lives around the world. Whether training midwives in Sierra Leone, outfitting hospitals in Indonesia, or resupplying clinics devastated by disaster, we are committed to empowering health care workers with the support they need to heal people who need it most.
We also believe in long-term solutions that transform lives and communities. Ending preventable deaths of mothers and newborns. Putting an end to AIDS and Tuberculosis. Strengthening health care systems to withstand disaster. Advancing health policy that can change lives.
That’s what HOPE looks like.
What we do
Project HOPE works in five main areas: disasters and health crises; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; maternal, neonatal and child health; and health policy.
In disaster, crisis and beyond, HOPE is there: providing direct health care services, equipping clinics and hospitals, training local health care workers, and delivering solutions that help people access the health care services they need.
When disaster strikes in places like the Bahamas and Mozambique, our emergency response teams are on the ground — providing care for evacuees and supporting local health care systems through recovery.
When mothers and babies are at risk in places like Sierra Leone and Indonesia, HOPE trains nurses and midwives with the skills they need to save lives.
When refugees and migrants cross the border looking for a better life, HOPE supports the health systems that will take them on.
And when people with HIV want a different future for their families, HOPE engages entire communities to break down barriers and change the narrative.
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How we work
- We put those in need first. When disaster strikes, we respond. When disease breaks out, we stay behind. Project HOPE has responded to every major disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, often staying beyond our initial response to help address health concerns as communities rebuild.
- We empower health care workers. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. Project HOPE works within existing health systems to empower local health care workers with the knowledge and skills they need to impact their own communities.
- We unite humanitarians to bring about lasting change. Global health isn’t a challenge we can solve alone. We work hand-in-hand with partners, public health systems, local organizations and community leaders to implement real, lasting solutions. We are especially thankful for our volunteers and donors, without whom our work wouldn’t be possible.
- We safeguard operational excellence. Project HOPE prioritizes compliance, accountability and transparency in everything we do. We take stewardship seriously, and we work to maximize the value of every contribution we receive. Learn more about our financial accountability.
- We adapt. Meeting the world’s greatest health challenges means looking forward. We are agile and adaptable, focused on the innovative approaches that bring about long-term change.
Project HOPE began as the S.S. HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, in 1958. Over the next 14 years, the S.S. HOPE made 11 voyages to provide care to vulnerable communities around the world. Today, the spirit of the S.S. HOPE lives on in our land-based programs and in the dedication of our team members and volunteers, who work every day to empower local health care workers in communities that need it most.
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Our visual identity
Everything HOPE stands for as an organization is built on the legacy of the S.S. HOPE and what it meant to those who saw it sailing over the horizon on a mission of mercy. Our visual identity honors that past while reflecting what sits at the center of our mission: the personal connection between a person who needs care and another who can provide it.