Oct 27, 2015

Nelson Mandela Day A Success in Itsoseng!

Last time we wrote to you, we shared exciting news of the new community garden that the HOPE Centre helped established in Itsoseng on Mandela Day.  The event was a huge success and the HOPE Centre and the community members have since been busy tending to the herb garden and making sure it is sustainable.

On Mandela Day, the land was transformed into a garden in the midst of excitement, singing and dancing throughout the day.  Here’s what two of the event participants had to say: 

“I’m so happy and excited about this new garden. I have worked in a garden before at my previous job as a domestic worker. There were also herbs so I have a bit of experience. I have no job at the moment so I will definitely be here every day to look after the garden. I’m looking forward to see the plants grow.”
- Thokoziale Mashaba, Gardener of Itsoseng community.

 “It’s so enjoyable to be here, seeing all these people working together, creating something. Two days ago I was in Oxford Circus, in central London, surrounded by busy and stressed people, driven by consumerism - it’s such a different world. Here you find joy and a spirit of “living” that I think we have lost in the Western world. People are singing and dancing and are so excited to be a part of something, it’s a real eye-opener”.  
- Lesley Billington, volunteer and expat from UK

In addition to helping establish the garden, HOPE Centre staff are also guiding community members on how to grow and sell their produce while also teaching them how to cook and use these healthy foods in their daily lives. 

For more information on the HOPE Centre, check out our blog as well as the recent article illustrating its success, published in the peer-reviewed journal, HealthAffairs

Thank you for all of your generous support and we look forward to updating you again on our exciting work soon!

Sep 17, 2015

Providing Medicines and Supplies to Refugees in Macedonia

Project HOPE visiting a refugee camp in Gevgelija
Project HOPE visiting a refugee camp in Gevgelija

Project HOPE is currently responding to the refugee crisis in Macedonia, as millions of refugees are making the dangerous trek by land and sea through Europe.       

We began responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in late 2013 by delivering more than $100 million worth of medicines and medical supplies to refugee camps in Turkey.  With the crisis continuing to evolve, Project HOPE is now coordinating with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and partners in Macedonia – one of the three most impacted Balkan countries by the refugee crisis – to meet the health needs of the refugees through the provision of critically needed medicines and medical supplies.

On September 11th, a Project HOPE team visited a refugee camp in Gevgelija where refugees are being registered, sheltered and provided medical care.  The camp has a well-equipped Military Container Ambulance Roomer where there are continuous rotations of medical doctors and nurses and the General Hospital in Gevgelija is also seeing all refugees with urgent health needs. 

While the MoH is providing as many medicines and supplies for the refugees as they can, there is not enough set aside for the crisis and the fear of a shortage is great.  In response, Project HOPE is working with the MoH and the Gevgelija Hospital – a long-term HOPE partner – to secure needed medicines and prepare the first shipment of donated supplies to Macedonia. 

With great thanks to generous donors like you, we are helping to ensure that refugees and their families receive the medical care they need.  To stay up-to-date on HOPE’s activities in Macedonia, visit our webpage and profile on ReliefWeb.    

Jul 29, 2015

Project UDAY: Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention & Management in India

In India, Project HOPE staff is continuing its fight against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through Project UDAY – an intensive, five-year program, supported by Eli Lilly and Company.  Through Project UDAY, a consortium of organizations, including Project HOPE, is working to establish a Healthcare Centre of Excellence for NCDs and implementing a comprehensive diabetes prevention and management program throughout the country.   

In June and July, Project HOPE staff have been busy training community health workers and developing patient networks in the municipality of Sonipat, near New Delhi.  The trainings focused on sensitizing community health workers on diabetes and hypertension prevention and management through engaging and interactive activities.  One activity taught community health workers how to educate their communities on healthy eating choices by using traffic light signals and symbols.  Local food items were grouped into three categories – “green light zone” for the healthiest foods, “yellow light zone” for foods to be eaten in moderation and the “red light zone” for foods to be eaten only occasionally. 

The trainings have been held in both rural and urban areas of Sonipat and have been received very well by participating community health workers.  Project HOPE is working to organize more of these sessions in Sonipat and Vishakhapatnam in order to continue preparing community health workers to spread awareness of the risks of NCDs and educate others on their prevention and management.

Thanks to you and your generous support, more individuals and communities will receive the education and support they need to prevent and manage NCDs, helping them to achieve a better quality of life!

To learn more about Project HOPE in India, visit our web page.  


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