The epidemic of diabetes continues to increase at an alarming rate across the globe. Almost 30 million people have diabetes in the Latin American region, with estimates of reaching 48 million by 2040. 39 percent of those living with diabetes are un-diagnosed, and are therefore at higher risk for additional health complications. In response, Project HOPE launched IDEEL, an innovative, online diabetes education course for health professionals and individuals interested in becoming certified diabetes educators.
In 1982 Project HOPE began to strengthen medical training at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. The program continually expanded to encompass other various programs until 2008. Some of the programs offered included the Child Health program in 1987, three consecutive Child Survival programs starting in 1988, the Village Health Program in 1993, the $2 million response to Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the creation of HIV/AIDS clinics and Home-Based Care in 2002 and the Communicating Change for Life program in 2005.
Over the last 15 years $17 million for 24,000 women and families has been provided through the Project HOPE Village Health Bank program. In 2002, the Program pioneered activities in domestic violence education, expanding to Guatemala, Peru and Nicaragua in 2006, strengthening national anti-violence networks and raising awareness about the issue region-wide.
HOPE also focused their efforts on San Pedro Sula, the epicenter for the HIV epidemic in Central America. The project sought to combat rising HIV infection rates through education and to improve HIV/AIDS care by providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and local organizations. Project HOPE worked to improve the infrastructure, management and quality of care offered by hospital-based AIDS clinics, an effort now being replicated by the Ministry of Health in other clinic settings nationwide. The program addressed the issue of stigma and discrimination while also improving home-based care by training outreach workers to provide education to the public.
Project HOPE is donating 2 million doses of Mebendazole to a 5-year national deworming campaign for school-age children in Honduras.
It was just last year. That’s when Sonia happened to take part in a cancer-screening event held in Honduras by Project HOPE.