RESPONDING TO DISASTER
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico when it struck the U.S. territory on September 20, 2018. Project HOPE’s emergency response team deployed quickly to assess the impact and health needs of survivors. As one of the first NGOs to arrive on the island, Project HOPE’s medical volunteers provided health services through mobile health clinics in areas where the need was greatest and access to health care was scarce. HOPE treated more than 4,100 patients during its response and distributed 1,500 vials of donated insulin to diabetic patients and partners across the island who were in desperate need of the medication. HOPE’s team also coordinated the delivery of 2,600 water purification kits while providing educational outreach on water, sanitation and hygiene. HOPE distributed over $2.5 million of medicines and supplies, while 77 Project HOPE medical volunteers provided a range of health services. Today, health needs in Puerto Rico continue to be significant and HOPE is still there, working with local partners to provide diabetes care and education.
Aiding Victims of Irma and Harvey
Thanks to your support, Project HOPE also responded to hurricanes Harvey and Irma with medical volunteers in clinics in and around Houston and care for elderly and special needs patients displaced by Irma in Florida. In Texas, medical volunteers supported several clinics, both in areas that were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey treating more than 3,000 patients, providing clinic services, immunizations and mental health services. Future plans include support of a mobile clinic to provide medical outreach to vulnerable populations still having difficulty accessing health care after Hurricane Harvey.
Project HOPE’s headquarters are in Millwood, Va., with a satellite office in Bethesda, Md., outside of Washington, D.C.
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At various times, Project HOPE has brought its global expertise to tackle health problems in the United States. In 1969, Project HOPE began conducting health programs in the Southwest, helping primarily Hispanic and Native American communities along the border regions. The programs traditionally targeted rural, medically underserved areas and focused on developing primary care services and training primary health care workers. More recently, our programs in the United States have addressed chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Project HOPE responded by sending $3 million of urgently needed medical supplies and 75 volunteer health professionals to the region aboard the USNS Comfort to provide medical care to hurricane victims.
From 2009-2012, Project HOPE, in partnership with United Health Group, ran the Habits for Life program in New Mexico. Habits for Life offered screenings and prevention education for diabetes, hypertension and obesity in an effort to raise awareness and increase access to care.
In 2011, Project HOPE assisted the Delta Health Alliance including the Leland Medical Clinic in the underserved, rural Mississippi Delta region by providing donated medical supplies and clinic equipment.
Project HOPE has also supplied donated medicines and clinic equipment to free medical clinics in Virginia and West Virginia.
Project HOPE has been proud to play a role in the humanitarian relief efforts in the Gulf region of the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a legacy that continues with the Delta Health Alliance today.
Read this special edition of HOPE NEWS to learn more about our health education and humanitarian assistance programs right here in the United States.