Disasters & Health Crises
When disasters or health crises strike, Project HOPE helps ensure affected communities have access to health services, medicines, and supplies when they are most needed.
For more than 30 years, Project HOPE has responded to some of the world’s largest natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Today, our emergency response strategy prioritizes providing targeted relief to communities and health systems during the days immediately following a disaster and as they continue to recover and rebuild.
When a disaster occurs, HOPE deploys a multi-disciplinary assessment team to coordinate with the ministry of health in the affected country, local partners, and international response partners to ensure we are filling gaps and addressing the greatest needs. Our emergency response teams of staff and expert volunteers help alleviate suffering through providing and strengthening critical health services, distributing medicines and relief supplies, and helping to rebuild health infrastructure and improve preparedness.
Our core emergency response activities include:
- Recruiting and placing expert staff and volunteers to respond to health and infrastructure needs.
- Mobilizing mobile medical units to affected and remote communities in need of health care and pharmaceuticals.
- Procuring and distributing medicines and relief supplies based on needs lists from Ministries of Health and health facilities.
- Strengthening cold chains and supply chain management to ensure effective medicine and supply distribution over the long-term.
- Improving the skills and knowledge of local health care workers and training new staff in priority intervention areas, such as emergency obstetric care and rehabilitation, to make lasting improvements on health systems.
- Building resiliency in affected countries and communities through providing emergency preparedness training and guidance.
HOPE most recently responded to the eruption of Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala where we provided mobile medical services, medicines, and hygiene kits. Our response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 continues today through diabetes programming and emergency preparedness activities.