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How Project HOPE Works


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Former President George W. Bush visits Army Brigadier General William Fox, Jr. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. General Fox, the CEO of Project HOPE, was injured while building a cancer facility for children in Basra, Iraq.
Former President George W. Bush visits Army Brigadier General William Fox, Jr. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. General Fox, the CEO of Project HOPE, was injured while building a cancer facility for children in Basra, Iraq.
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Nearly all of the medical supplies and equipment used on Project HOPE's international missions are donated by some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry: Merck, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Wyeth, Schering-Plough, Bristol-Meyers Squib, Johnson & Johnson, 3M and many more.

In 2008, these partners combined to donate $119 million in corporate gifts-in-kind. Merck, for example, has donated one million hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines to Project HOPE missions since 1999. Most recently, the vaccines have been used to immunize healthcare workers in Central Asia and Russia.

Project HOPE also works with corporate partners who offer financial and volunteer support as well as marketing assistance. Companies like Boeing, ExxonMobil, 7-Eleven and Morgan Stanley help spread the word about the organization through product marketing and outreach efforts.

On an international level, Project HOPE is a member of several global aid networks, including InterAction, Global Impact, Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, AlertNet and others that help coordinate the work of dozens of independent charities. These larger networks ensure that the resources of each member organization are being used most effectively and that no group duplicates the efforts of another.

In the mid-1990s, Germany and the United Kingdom launched their own privately incorporated versions of Project HOPE, named Project HOPE Germany and Project HOPE United Kingdom. They coordinate with the U.S. organization to raise money and organize joint medical missions.

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