Project HOPE Program Helps Developing Nations Improve Health Care and Save Millions in Costs

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Global NGO's Innovative Medical Re-supply Program Improves Health Care in Macedonia and Kosovo and Now Expands to Albania, Bosnia, Greece, Tanzania and Zanzibar

It is truly rewarding to see patients leave the hospital faster because they now have access to better, more powerful medicines provided by HOPE partners.

Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian aid organization, is combining its experience in gathering donated medicines and medical supplies with its logistical expertise to help developing nations save millions of dollars. Those savings, in turn, are invested in supplies and technologies to improve the delivery of health care in country.

Since 2007, Project HOPE’s Strategic Medical Re-supply Program (SMRP) has saved the Health Ministry of Macedonia nearly $22 million USD. More than 40 hospitals and clinics in Macedonia received medicines and supplies such as psychiatric medications, syringes and hospital beds through HOPE from donations received from more than 20 global pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

“It’s a win-win for the health of the Macedonian people,” said Scott Crawford, Director of Gifts-in-Kind for HOPE. “The shipments provide Macedonians with greater access to more effective medicines that result in improved care. And, as a result of the donated medicines, hospitals can invest the cost savings to purchase items such as new radiology equipment or renovating existing health facilities.”

In addition to Macedonia, the HOPE program has proved successful in Kosovo where it was implemented in 2010. To date, shipments of much-needed supplies such as orthopedic equipment and anti-infection medications have helped thousands of patients.

HOPE’s SMRP is now expanding into neighboring Albania, Bosnia and Greece. Two shipments of medicines and medical supplies bound for those countries valued at $1 million USD each are being prepared for transport at HOPE’s Winchester, Va.-based Distribution Center.

Also, partnerships with the health ministries in Tanzania and Zanzibar have been established. The first container of medicine and supplies valued at $1 million is currently en route to Africa and expected to arrive soon.

HOPE’s SMRP is unique in that the Ministries of Health act as partners with Project HOPE. The health ministries pay for the cost of shipping the donated goods from the United States to their home countries. The health ministries also have HOPE representatives monitor all deliveries and consumption of donated goods to verify the supplies are reaching the intended recipients and used appropriately.

“It is truly rewarding to see patients leave the hospital faster because they now have access to better, more powerful medicines provided by HOPE partners,” said Katerina Takovska, HOPE’s Regional Director for SMRP in Eastern Europe.

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises, with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in 35 countries across five continents.

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