Mar 29, 2016

Hands of HOPE - Recognizing our volunteers providing care to those in need during the refugee crisis

In honor of the upcoming National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16, Project HOPE is recognizing the commitment of its volunteers providing life-saving health care and services to those most in need – especially those in Macedonia helping refugees and their families, like Dr. Angel Trposka.  

“We are here to help in any way we can and happy to provide care to these people suffering from severe diseases and illnesses,” Project HOPE volunteer in Macedonia, Dr. Angel Trposka

Just since January of 2016, HOPE volunteers and medical staff, like Dr. Trposka, have treated more than 1,000 patients passing through the transit centers in Macedonia as they continue their journey.  Most of these patients have been children with illnesses such as fevers and head lice and adults suffering from bronchitis and diabetes. 

Project HOPE volunteers have not only been treating patients but have also been handing out blankets and food throughout the refugee camps in their spare time and helping patients stay with their families.  A new team of volunteers consisting of a doctor, nurse and logistician arrived in Macedonia on March 15 and began helping at the northern border; however, the need for medical personnel only continues to grow.  Project HOPE is currently working to secure a third team of local Macedonian volunteers to provide additional support.

In addition to volunteer support, Project HOPE has shipped more than $2 million in donated medicines and supplies to the Macedonian Ministry of Health to-date, supporting medical facilities serving refugee transit centers.  Project HOPE was also recently recognized by the MOH as their best partner in the response to the crisis. 

Our work, and the work of our volunteers, would not be possible without the generosity of donors like you.  Your support enables us to provide quality health care and services, directly impacting the lives of children and their families affected by the refugee crisis.  Thank you!

To learn more about our work in Macedonia, click here. 

Feb 9, 2016

Project UDAY: Increasing capacity to address diabetes and hypertension in India

Last time we wrote, we shared a video with you on Project HOPE India’s diabetes and hypertension prevention program, Project UDAY.  The program is working to provide comprehensive diabetes and hypertension prevention by increasing the capacity of providers, improving patient care and education, improving public knowledge and awareness as well as utilizing mHealth technologies to have a great reach and improve prevention and control. 

The program has created and implemented a comprehensive training manual on NCDs for community health workers and government health care workers.  The training sessions have been lively and interactive while integrating practical experiences into the discussion.  Participants engaged in activities such as role plays, analyzing case studies, games, field visits, peer support and peer evaluation.  To-date, 140 community health care workers and 90 dedicated project staff have been participated, increasing their skills and capacity to provide education, screening and care to those with or at-risk of developing diabetes and hypertension.

This work has been possible thanks to your support!  Stay tuned for more updates on this program as Project UDAY continues to develop.   

Feb 9, 2016

Nurses Takes to the Streets on World Diabetes Day!

HOPE Centre Staff member with children on WDD
HOPE Centre Staff member with children on WDD

Since the last time we spoke, the HOPE Centre has been busy continuing to fight hypertension and chronic diseases in communities in South Africa through its screening campaigns, community outreach and the holistic preventive care and treatment provided at the Centre.  On November 14th, 2015, HOPE Centre staff, volunteers and partners took to the streets once again to promote public awareness of diabetes and education in honor of World Diabetes Day.

In South Africa, there are more than 3.5 million people who are currently suffering from diabetes.  About 60 individuals die every day due to diabetes in South Africa.  More than 50% of those who have diabetes in South Africa are never diagnosed and are unaware of the disease and its health impact.  On World Diabetes Day, the HOPE Centre staff along with the Empilweni Nursing College, community leaders, local volunteers and partners from the Right to Car (an HIV Counseling & Testing Organization) worked together to hold a health fair.  The event included screenings, patient education and demonstrations to encourage all residents to test, prevent and learn how to manage diabetes. 

Project HOPE’s own President & CEO, Dr. Tom Kenyon, attended the event and was even screened himself!  The day was a big success and included face painting for children, food, healthy eating demonstrations, entertainment, interactive activities for adults and children and critically needed health education and awareness in the community. 

Since 2012, the HOPE Centre has trained 119 community health workers and screened more than 10,387 people.  Thanks to your generous support, Project HOPE will be able to continue this life-saving work and reach those most in need in South Africa.

Dr. Kenyon, Project HOPE CEO, getting screened
Dr. Kenyon, Project HOPE CEO, getting screened
Healthy eating demonstration
Healthy eating demonstration
 
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