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Project HOPE’s programs in the Americas address the most pressing health problems in the region, including maternal and neonatal mortality, diabetes, natural disasters and health emergencies.
Since 1962, Project HOPE has touched more than 26 countries in the Americas with a range of support including humanitarian assistance, medicines and supplies, health care training and delivery, and health education. Key successes of our work throughout the region include:
Expanding access to maternal and child health care through establishing clinics and training health professionals
Developing an online diabetes education platform for health professionals in Latin America
Strengthening countries’ and health systems’ ability to recover from and prepare for disasters
Improving health and well-being through health education and community-based activities
Currently, Project HOPE is working to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Dominican Republic through training health professionals and upgrading equipment at leading maternity hospitals. Project HOPE is also supporting the Ministry of Health in establishing a post-graduate education program for nurses on obstetrics and neonatal care.
In Puerto Rico and Honduras, Project HOPE is working to tackle the burden of diabetes by strengthening health professional capacity and helping people with diabetes self-manage the disease.
Project HOPE also works with local, regional, and international partners to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts in the Americas. Recent events such as Hurricanes Maria, Matthew, Harvey, and Irma as well as the outbreak of Zika have highlighted critical gaps in surveillance and emergency response. HOPE is coordinating with partners in Puerto Rico to conduct training for teams of local emergency responders.
Through an award from USAID/OFDA, HOPE is also developing training to strengthen capacity of USAID missions to respond to vector-borne disease outbreaks.
Our History in the Americas Project HOPE has worked in communities throughout the Americas since 1962, when the SS HOPE first docked in Peru. Over the years, our reach in the Americas expanded to include several successful long-term programs such as:
Maternal and Child Health clinic network in the Dominican Republic which continue to operate independently today;
Child survival programs in Brazil, Guatemala, Ecuador, Honduras and Haiti;
Pneumovax Vaccination program in Nicaragua and Honduras;
Diabetes programming in Mexico and the United States;
Economic strengthening Village Health Banks program in Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru;