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August 21, 1996

HOPE Springs Eternal for Medical and Health Volunteers in 29 Countries on 5 Continents

JAMA. 1996;276(7):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540070010004

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Shanghai, China  —Originally known for establishing the world's first nonmilitary hospital ship, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is now a landlubber. The global nonprofit health care foundation that launched SS HOPE in 1960 has gone aground in 29 countries on 5 continents, where it conducts health policy research and provides culturally sensitive health education and humanitarian assistance.In 1995, Project HOPE sent more than $54 million worth of urgently needed medical supplies and equipment to Bosnia, Croatia, Haiti, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and other countries throughout the world. Responding quickly to the earthquake disaster in China's Yunnan Province in February 1996, Project HOPE took only 10 days to move $3 million worth of medical supplies from its warehouse in the United States to the remote disaster site in southern China. With one fifth of the world's population, it is only logical that China would be a major focus