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Founded in 1958, Project HOPE is a global health organization dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems worldwide with the mission of helping people to help themselves.


boathope.JPGIn 1958, Dr. William B. Walsh persuaded President Eisenhower to donate a U.S. Navy Hospital ship, which was transformed into the S.S. HOPE, and the organization known as Project HOPE was born. On September 22, 1960, the S.S. HOPE set sail, completing 11 voyages around the world and providing health care and health education until the ship was retired in 1974. Today, Project HOPE keeps the spirit of the S.S. HOPE by implementing health programs in more than 30 countries; providing health information and education to health workers and individuals; and distributing donated medicines, medical supplies and equipment to people in need worldwide.

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To achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.


In 1983, Project HOPE, responding to an invitation from the Ministry of Health and Zhejiang Medical University, became the first international health organization working in China. Since then, Project HOPE has worked with Chinese partners at national and local levels implementing innovative and culturally appropriate programs to address health needs and improve the health of the people in China. Project HOPE, as the first group of overseas NGOs officially registered in China,  currently implements 16 nationwide programs in the areas of pediatric medicine, women's and children's health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), nursing education, and disaster relief.

Project HOPE has demonstrated an ability to bring public and private partners together to address emerging health needs in China. Project HOPE's long time commitment and efforts have brought positive impact on the health system, health service providers, patients and the general population. The Shanghai Children's Medical Center (SCMC), Project HOPE's flagship program in China, is the first Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited children's hospital in mainland China, providing quality services to over 1.5 million children annually. Program evaluation data confirm that Project HOPE's programs have contributed to the increased capacity of health professionals, improved quality of life among children with congenital heart diseases and cancers, improved health of diabetes patients, and decreased mortality among people living with HIV/AIDS.

Moving forward, Project HOPE remains committed enhancing the capacity of health service providers, improving the health of children and patients with chronic diseases, and promoting a supportive policy environment to increase accessibility of quality health services for the people of China.



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