Project HOPE currently has 16 programs in China with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan. HOPE was the first INGO to address China’s noncommunicable disease (NCD) needs in diabetes mellitus (DM) starting in 1997 and emergency medicine in early 1990.
In January 2017, SCMC worked with the government to create the National Children’s Medical Center – Shanghai. This additional 127-bed research facility will target children’s health challenges and priorities. SCMC will work with international experts and domestic specialties to address unmet needs in pediatric health.
Project HOPE’s participation in the development of The Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) began in 1987 with the goal of establishing the SCMC as an advanced pediatric medical treatment center, as well as a national resource for the training of physicians, nurses, administrators and allied health personnel from throughout China. The mission was to create a facility that would serve as a model for the care of critically ill infants and children, health sciences education programs, and an integrated family-center model emphasizing the importance of family when children are admitted in acute care settings). SCMC would also provide a unique vehicle through which Project HOPE could focus its resources and make a significant contribution to the improvement of the health of children. Today, SCMC has fulfilled and surpassed that vision, becoming the pediatric center of choice for the population of Shanghai and a leading referral choice for other areas of China.
Project HOPE’s other initiatives include:
- A program to enhance pediatric nutrition by creating the Center of Clinical Nutrition Science funded by Abbott. The project has reached seven children’s hospitals in China and has facilitated further development of clinical nutrition to promote integrated health services for children.
- reducing morbidity and mortality among Chinese women from cervical cancer by increasing awareness and knowledge among women of reproductive age, introducing culturally appropriate screening technology, and enhancing the capacity of health care professionals in cervical cancer diagnosis.
- a program aimed at reducing cervical cancer mortality and mobility by empowering young women and improving service capacity in HPV infection prevention, including increasing the awareness of HPV infection and the HPV vaccine.
- the China Alliance of Chronic Respiratory Diseases Treatment and Prevention program to address unmet needs in chronic respiratory disease
- a program to improve capacity in lung function testing by providing training to technicians, nurses and doctors.
- a Pediatric Asthma Prevention and Management Program that link with tertiary hospitals and 14 communities for enhancing the nebulizing therapy access of care and disease control.
- “Rainbow Bridge” – a program supporting children and families with epilepsy in 15 major cities of China to disseminate standardized epilepsy treatment, enhance awareness to reduce social stigma, and provide social support for families suffering from epilepsy.
- improving safe intravenous therapy access care for health care providers in less developed cities.
- providing training to rural health professionals to enhance their capacity in pediatric care health access.
- improving health care for seniors by offering music therapy, home medication intake safety, NCD-related disease screening, and fall prevention.
- implementing a quality control and safety initiative for health care providers and managers at SCMC.
Project HOPE’s Wuhan Office was set up in 2001 after signing an agreement with Wuhan University. The programs of the Wuhan Office include:
- The Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing Program
- Liuyang People’s Hospital Training Program
- American Schools and Hospitals Abroad – USAID (ASHA) Program
Project HOPE’s Beijing Office was established in 1998, serving as a regional center for government relationships, finance and compliance and human resources. This office implements national NCD programs and coordinates disaster relief efforts. Ongoing programs include a safe medicine program and two community-based diabetes education programs.
Since 1998, Project HOPE has been implementing national diabetes training programs, in collaboration with government policy, to address an increasing need for diabetes education and care in China. Decades of efforts have demonstrated positive impacts on patients, health care providers, health facilities, and the public. Project HOPE’s work has been recognized by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (formerly MOH), academic associations, leading hospitals and key opinion leaders in diabetes care in China.
Project HOPE’s diabetes programs have evolved as patient needs and national health policy has changed. From 1998 to 2006, programs focused on building capacity for doctors and nurses at national and provincial tertiary hospitals in diabetes diagnosis, treatment and patient education. Since 2007, Project HOPE has made full use of its technical capacity and network established over the previous decade to expand and improve diabetes education and care capacity in city and community health service facilities. Currently, these two community-based diabetes programs are designed to enhance the capacity of community health service centers in diabetes education and care, in support of national policy to improve a tiered health care delivery system. The programs help increase availability and accessibility of quality diabetes services in community health centers and drive patient flow from tertiary hospitals to the primary community health service centers, closer to where patients live.
Project HOPE has been working in Shanghai for more than 30 years. In 1983, Shanghai Second Medical University (SSMU) and Xin Hua Hospital invited Project HOPE to assist in establishing a pediatric cardiovascular center at Xin Hua Hospital. After that initial engagement, Project HOPE partnered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM), formerly SSMU, on the planning and development of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC). In 1998 – with the support of Project HOPE, SJTUSM, Shanghai government, the U.S. government and over 100 leading international corporations – SCMC opened, and began meeting the needs of critically ill children in Shanghai and beyond. The hospital remains Project HOPE’s flagship program in China, and a venue for the establishment and implementation of a wide variety of programs addressing China’s health needs.
Past programs of the Wuhan office include the Wuhan University Medical Educational Reform Program, an HIV/AIDS Training Program and a Preventive Dentistry Program.
For Shi Liuqing, a nurse at the Hubei Provincial Cancer Hospital, the Palliative Care Training program changed her approach to nursing.“I’ve learned a lot from this training and my work here, and I believe many more patients in China will benefit from palliative care in the future.”
The U.S. Consul General in Wuhan, China, presented Project HOPE with the prestigious Heart to Heart Award for promoting collaboration, cultural exchange, and mutual trust among the U.S. and China through HOPE’s pioneering programs to train health professionals and deliver care in Central China.