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02.04.2022

Project HOPE Commends the Biden Administration’s Commitment to Global Health

Project HOPE supports the Biden administration’s commitment to invest in global health, strengthen the World Health Organization, and accelerate efforts toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.

Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2022)  — As COVID-19 continues to erase key global health gains worldwide, Project HOPE commends the Biden administration’s commitment to global health, including combatting HIV/AIDS; advancing maternal, neonatal, and child health; and closing gaps in infectious and noncommunicable diseases.

“The pandemic has had a substantial impact on global health systems worldwide, exacerbating as well as creating inequities that prevent people from accessing health care,” said Rabih Torbay, President and CEO of Project HOPE. “We already know COVID-19 has set back the fight to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and has caused major regressions in maternal and child health worldwide. Going forward, we must ensure that local health systems have the support they need to recover these losses and ensure everyone has equitable access to care.

“Though our immediate goal should be to end COVID-19 — including increasing equitable distributions of vaccines worldwide — we must not forget that more than half the world’s population already lacked access to essential health services even before the pandemic. The United States can and should play a crucial role in advancing global health, and Project HOPE supports the Biden administration’s commitment to strengthening the World Health Organization and accelerating efforts toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.”

About Project HOPE  

With the mission to place power in the hands of local health workers to save lives around the world, Project HOPE is a global health and humanitarian organization operating in more than 25 countries. Founded in 1958, we work side-by-side with local health systems to improve health and support community resilience. We work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges, including infectious and chronic diseases; disasters and health crises; maternal, neonatal and child health; pandemic preparedness and response; mental health for health workers; and the policies that impact how health care is delivered. For more information, visit www.ProjectHOPE.org and follow us on Twitter @ProjectHOPEorg.

Interviews available upon request.

Contact: Cinira Baldi, Vice President, Chief Development & Communications Officer, media@projecthope.org, +1 (202) 753-6551

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