Dec 5, 2016

Final Report

In 2011, Project HOPE and Eli Lilly partnered to establish the HOPE Centre. Located in Zandspruit in the outskirts of Johannesburg, the HOPE Centre is focused on educating local communities about chronic diseases - especially diabetes and hypertension, providing clinical services for the treatment and management of the diseases and support through peer group education.

By jointly developing a chronic disease clinic model that is replicable in underserved areas throughout the world, Project HOPE and Eli Lilly are improving the quality of life for those suffering from chronic disease worldwide. By providing access to primary and preventative health care services that are otherwise not available in poor communities, the HOPE Centre model can reverse the growing rate of chronic disease in a community and thereby alleviate an entire country's health care system.

3.5 million people in South Africa are suffering from diabetes. However, this number is in reality much higher since it’s estimated that more than 50% of people are unaware they have the illness and have never been diagnosed. This is one of the major tasks that the HOPE Centre is tackling on a daily basis.

Around 60 people die every day from Diabetes in South Africa. This is according to Statistics South Africa. South Africa does not even feature in the list of top ten countries for Diabetes prevalence, yet the rate of people dying because of the illness on the continent is far higher than in the countries with higher prevalence. Many deaths and complications could be avoided if people went for screening and if people sought health care earlier. South Africa's high death rate is caused by lack of access to insulin and to medical professionals that are specialized in treating Diabetes. But also, numbers would come right down if people had a higher level of awareness and practiced healthier lifestyles.

On November 12th the HOPE Centre staff organized an event in celebration of the World Diabetes Day. It was celebrated in Zandspruit where there were activities of public awareness of diabetes and hypertension, patients’ education, and demonstrations for residents to test, prevent and manage this life-threatening illness.

About 2,000 patients have been served at the HOPE Centre clinic and 80% of the staff are from the community. Cooking lessons and exercise programs were also presented to the community. Project HOPE has been well received by the community. Residents can go to the clinic for screenings and some are retained in its care, or visited on a monthly basis.

Dec 2, 2016

Final Report

Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge. Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Diabetes account for 60% of the deaths worldwide and are no longer considered “diseases of affluence.” NCDs have become a major challenge in India. The prevalence of type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has been rising rapidly, with the country being labeled as the “diabetes capital” of the world. Currently there are approximately 51 million people with diabetes in India.

The 4th National NCD Summit 2016: “NCDs Management: Translating Best Practices to Next Practices” was held in October in New Delhi. Key stakeholders convened to develop and create a compendium of best practices to better understand what the public and private sectors are doing to combat the challenges of NCDs.

Project HOPE was invited to present in the 4th National NCD Summit 2016 “NCDs Management: Translating Best Practices to Next Practices” in New Delhi. One of the key interventions that were presented is the model Project UDAAN (United Dialogue and Action Against Non-Communicable Diseases) being implemented in Kanke block of Ranchi District, Jharkhand India. The UDAAN uses a 360-degree approach to address NCD with a three-pronged strategy: health promotion and demand generation, health system strengthening on NCDs, and capacity building on NCDs.

Through this intervention, Project HOPE has been able to generate more evidence to address the operational challenges of implementing the national guidelines on NCDs, document the processes and develop cost effective scalable models to combat NCDs in India. One of the key strategies from Project HOPE is to work in partnership with the public and private sector to provide better solutions to the growing NCDs challenge in India.

Nov 14, 2016

Winter is coming: Health challenges for Refugees

As winter gets closer, the challenges for Syrian Refugees increase. The vulnerability of refugees is significant when there are lower temperatures. Their need for health support is critical especially during this season.

Project HOPE works with the most vulnerable groups within the global community. Our program began responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis since 2013 and has since shipped more than $100 million of donated medicines, helping displaced children, women and men living in refugee camps in Turkey. Now, with millions of refugees seeking aid in Europe, countries like Macedonia are working to provide safe shelter and assistance.

Project HOPE is working with the Ministry of Health and partners in Macedonia to provide medicines and medical supplies to facilities and refugee camps. Our program focuses on providing quality medical care to refugees that are crossing through Macedonia, which is one of the three most impacted Balkan countries involved in the refugee crisis.

We respond to the medical needs of refugees by:

Building the Skills of Local Health Care Workers

Providing Quality Primary Medical Care

Providing Medicines and Supplies

Recently, Project HOPE has delivered 6 shipments of medical products and supplies to the Ministry of Health in Macedonia in total value of more than $285,000.

A critical shipment of vaccines was donated to the Ministry of Health to cover all cleaning staff with Typhoid vaccine, at refugee camps where Project HOPE has been providing health services to the population.

Currently, there are 10 local medical volunteers providing quality primary medical care to refugees. The continuous support of the volunteers has provided opportunities for the Ministry of Health that lacks of medical staff in key health facilities such as the transit centers, were thousands of refugees receive medical care. Through our volunteer's support more than 8,200 patients have received lifesaving care.

As winter arrives, please help us to provide relief to refugees. Your contribution can make a significant change in their well-being. Improving the health of vulnerable people lies at the core of Project HOPE’s mission. With your collaboration Project HOPE can take action to respond to their need of quality health care services during this difficult season.

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