Project HOPE

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The Hospital ship SS Hope
Project HOPE member gives a Salvadoran boy a fluoride treatment at the Canton la Sunza school, 2008
A volunteer nurse from Project Hope checks a patient's vitals in Ghana, 2012

Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is an international global health and humanitarian aid non-governmental organization founded in the United States in 1958. Project HOPE works in five main areas: disasters and health crises; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; maternal, neonatal and child health; and health policy.[1] The organization has been led by President and CEO Rabih Torbay since 2019.[2]

Project HOPE helps different developing countries in efforts to eradicate infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.[3] They also help educate parents on how to prevent and treat diseases for their children and themselves, and also train health professionals. Project HOPE also sets up village health banks, which give small loans to women so they can improve their health and family's health.

Project HOPE is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Ukraine Response[edit]

Project HOPE began working in Ukraine in 2002 with a life-skills program focused on drug use prevention, HIV prevention, and education for children in primary schools.[4] In 2007, Project HOPE began a five-year, USAID-funded HIV/AIDS Service Capacity project in Ukraine focused on community mobilization for the country’s most at-risk populations.[5]

From 2012-2017, Project HOPE helped improve the health of Ukrainians by enabling the Government of Ukraine to decrease the burden of TB and lower TB morbidity and mortality.[5]

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Project HOPE launched a response within Ukraine and in the neighboring countries of Moldova, Poland, and Romania to provide health and humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians, including refugees fleeing the invasion.[6][7][8]

Project HOPE has since delivered more than 300 pallets of medicines and medical supplies inside Ukraine, including trauma supplies, insulin, needles, hygiene kits, and more; launched multiple mobile medical units (MMUs) to provide primary health care to populations impacted by the violence; provided a trauma training course for trauma surgeons and students in Ukrainian health facilities; and completed multiple reconstruction projects in hospitals in Irpin and Bucha cities.[5][9]

COVID-19 Response[edit]

Project HOPE launched a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support frontline health care workers, expand vaccine access, and provide medical surge support where needed.[10]

Project HOPE and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute of Brown University developed and released a self-paced eLearning for health care professionals, as well as a “Training-of-Trainers” model to provide the critical skills and knowledge necessary for health workers to respond rapidly and efficiently to COVID-19 in their workplaces and communities, while protecting their own health.[11]

Through a program funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Project HOPE is working within five high-priority states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia to provide resources, training, and support to CHWs to educate and assist individuals in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, with a focus on vulnerable and medically underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minority groups. Project HOPE has engaged a network of Free and Charitable Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers in these 37 counties with the highest unvaccinated but willing populations, to implement the outreach work and engage the community.[12]

Project HOPE has activated its global roster of medical volunteers to provide staff surge capacity and mobile testing in hard-hit areas including Houston; Chicago; Navajo Nation; and Montgomery County, Maryland.[13]


Project HOPE's founding began with the SS HOPE, the first peacetime hospital ship (converted from the USS Consolation (AH-15)). Project HOPE's founding and early years received strong support from private sector businesses and the U.S. government.[14]

The SS HOPE was retired in 1974, after sailing to Indonesia, South Vietnam, Peru, Ecuador, Guinea, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Tunisia, Jamaica, and Brazil. On these voyages doctors, nurses, and technical staff provided medical care and training to people in each country visited.

The SS HOPE was not replaced, and emphasis switched entirely to land-based operations.

Locations of Programs[edit]

Project HOPE has active programs in the following locations:


The Americas[22][edit]

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

Central and Eastern Europe[34][edit]

Middle East[37][edit]

Navy Missions 2009[edit]

  • Antigua
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Ghana
  • Haiti
  • Kiribati
  • Liberia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Vietnam
  • Western Samoa


Recent events[edit]

  • 2005 — When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, HOPE sent volunteer medical response teams to the area, where they provided nursing care to people in need.[41]
  • 2006 — HOPE continues to provide aid to the people on the Gulf Coast who were hit by Hurricane Katrina. In the spring of 2006, they helped staff the U.S. Navy hospital ship, known as the Mercy, with volunteer physicians and nurses to South Asia.
  • 2008 — Project HOPE's Chief Operations Officer, C. William Fox Jr., BG, USA (Ret.), was injured by an IED in Basra where the organization was assisting in building a new Children's Hospital.[42]
  • 2010 — In response to the January earthquake in Haiti, Project HOPE helped to coordinate volunteer medical staffers to fill out the complement of the USNS Comfort.[43]
  • 2020 — In response to the Beirut explosion, Project HOPE deployed an emergency response team to deliver necessary medical supplies and other needed support and aid.[44]
  • 2020 — In response to COVID-19, Project HOPE and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute of Brown University developed and released a self-paced eLearning for health care professionals, as well as a “Training-of-Trainers” model to provide the critical skills and knowledge necessary for health workers to respond rapidly and efficiently to COVID-19 in their workplaces and communities, while protecting their own health.
  • 2022 — In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Project HOPE sent medical supplies to help Ukrainian refugees.[45]
  • 2022 -- In response to COVID-19, Project HOPE improved access to COVID-19 vaccines through free and charitable clinics in the U.S. through a new program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.[46]

Notable Support[edit]

In July 2022, the American musician Post Malone hosted an Apex Legends charity stream called "Gaming for Love" that raised over $58,000 for Project HOPE.[47][48][49] In October 2021, former Bachelorette contestant Ben Higgins joined Project HOPE's Board of Directors.[50]

Collectible card[edit]

In October 2020, the digital collectible cards company Phil Ropy created a card with American photographer Elliott Erwitt to raise awareness for Project HOPE’s COVID-19 response. The picture on the card shows a pair of medical rubber gloves as a reminder of how exposed health care workers are and as an allusion to Project HOPE's logo.[51] The proceeds from the sales of the card are redistributed to the organization.[52][53]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  2. ^ "New Leadership At Project Hope". The NonProfit Times. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  3. ^ Windhoek, U. S. Embassy (2021-10-28). "U.S. Funded Project Helps HIV-Positive Families Live Decent Lives". U.S. Embassy in Namibia. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  4. ^ a b "Our Work in Ukraine". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  5. ^ a b c "Crisis in Ukraine: How To Help". Project HOPE. 2022-04-25. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  6. ^ Torbay, Rabih (2022-06-01). "Ukraine: A Humanitarian Disaster With Long-Term Consequences". Health Affairs. 41 (6): 928. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00444. ISSN 0278-2715. PMID 35666973. S2CID 249433976.
  7. ^ "Aid group assists refugees with basic needs at Polish-Ukraine border". Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  8. ^ "How to help Ukrainians: These organizations are looking for donations". Fortune. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  9. ^ "Health Europa Quarterly". Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  10. ^ "Project HOPE's Coronavirus Response Updates". Project HOPE. 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  11. ^ "COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Training Resources". ASPR TRACIE. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  12. ^ "Community-Based Outreach to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence | HRSA". Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  13. ^ "How COVID-19 Vaccines Are Providing Hope to Hard-Hit Navajo Nation". Healthline. 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
  14. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's history". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  15. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's lifesaving work in Africa". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  16. ^ "Our Work in Ethiopia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  17. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Malawi". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  18. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Namibia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  19. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Nigeria". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  20. ^ "Project HOPE in Sierra Leone". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  21. ^ "Our Work in Zambia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  22. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in the Americas". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  23. ^ "Project HOPE in the Bahamas". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  24. ^ "Our Work in Colombia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  25. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in the Dominican Republic". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  26. ^ "Our Work in Ecuador". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  27. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Haiti". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  28. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Honduras". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  29. ^ "Project HOPE in Mexico". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  30. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in the United States". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  31. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in China". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  32. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Indonesia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  33. ^ "Our Work in The Philippines". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  34. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Central & Eastern Europe". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  35. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Kosovo". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  36. ^ help, “Our mission is to enable health care workers to fulfill their full potential Training is the most sustainable way that you can; lives, support the health system Health workers will have that knowledge for the rest of their; investments, they can share that knowledge with their colleagues… With small; Uzevski, you can have a huge impact ”Vlatko; Balkans, Project HOPE regional manager for the. "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Macedonia". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  37. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in the Middle East". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  38. ^ "Learn about Project HOPE's work in Egypt". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  39. ^ "Our Work in Yemen". Project HOPE. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  40. ^ Project HOPE: Where We Work Archived 2010-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ News, OHSU. "Dr. Braner to Lead Project HOPE's Hurricane Katrina". OHSU News. Retrieved 2022-07-29. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  42. ^ "Retired general from Novato hurt in Iraq blast". Marin Independent Journal. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  43. ^ Project HOPE: Our response to Haiti
  44. ^ Piñon, Natasha (2020-08-06). "Beirut explosion: How to help those in Lebanon". Mashable. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  45. ^ "Ukraine crisis: How you can help UNICEF, Project HOPE, and GlobalGiving". FOX TV Digital Team. 2022-02-25. Retrieved 2022-03-03.
  46. ^ Torbay, Rabih (2022-03-01). "Why Project HOPE Is Growing Our US Programming". Health Affairs. 41 (3): 468. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00004. ISSN 0278-2715. PMID 35254935. S2CID 247294994.
  47. ^ Gaming for love Benefitting Project Hope | !donate below | w/ iiTzTimmy and my buddy ohi :) - postmalone on Twitch, 2022-07-21, retrieved 2022-08-01
  48. ^ Harrison, Christian (2022-07-19). "How to watch Post Malone's Apex Legends charity stream, 'Gaming for Love'". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  49. ^ "Tiltify - Made for Fundraisers". Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  50. ^ "Project HOPE Welcomes New Board Directors". Project HOPE. 2021-10-25. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  51. ^ Scott Latta (2020-10-13). "Supporter Spotlight: Phil Ropy". Project HOPE.
  52. ^ Nadja Sayej (2020-11-09). "Elliott Erwitt: 'Photography is pretty simple. You just react to what you see'". The Guardian.
  53. ^ Rosemary Feitelberg (2020-10-19). "'Works of Imagination' Sale Features Work of Prized Photographers". WWD.

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