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In Southeast Asia, Project HOPE works to fight the burden of noncommunicable diseases and reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
Project HOPE’s programs in Southeast Asia focus on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and the burden of noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases. Over the years, our programs have included successes such as:
Increasing detection and awareness of diabetes in India through establishing a cadre of diabetes educators;
Improving maternal outcomes in Indonesia and the Philippines through training health professionals; and
Provided humanitarian assistance and relief in response to natural disasters.
In India, Project HOPE is currently implementing programs to improve maternal and neonatal mortality and reduce the burdens of diabetes, hypertension and respiratory diseases. We work to build the skills of health professionals, conduct community awareness, and collaborate with national and local partners to support government priorities in noncommunicable diseases and maternal, neonatal, and child health.
In Indonesia, Project HOPE is working in the Serang district to increase access to Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC), improve prenatal and post-natal care, and expand community outreach surrounding midwifery, maternal child health, and preventative health. In addition, we are working to reduce morbidity and mortality related to asthma among high-risk populations.
Our History in Southeast Asia Project HOPE’s work in Southeast Asia began in 1960, when the SS HOPE’s maiden voyage took it to Indonesia to provide health care and education. Since the early 1990s, Project HOPE has implemented health programs throughout the region.
Our past work in Southeast Asia included responding to disasters such as the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Our responses in Indonesia and the Philippines led to a series of highly successful maternal and child health programs, some of which continue today.
Following the earthquake in Nepal, Project HOPE remained to implement a nutrition and hygiene program for mothers and children which concluded in 2018.
Other past programs in Southeast Asia have focused on maternal and child health, improving the health of women in the workplace, HIV/AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention and care, and economic strengthening.