DHA and Project HOPE Collaborative
Delta Health Alliance and Project HOPE Collaborate to Improve Health Care in the Mississippi Delta
(Stoneville, MS) The free medical supplies arrived at Greenville’s Good Samaritan Center on Friday. And there is more to come thanks to a newly formed agreement between Project HOPE and the Delta Health Alliance. Project HOPE is an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization that provides free medical supplies and equipment to needy clinics. After hearing about the work of the Delta Health Alliance, and the needs in the Mississippi Delta, they decided to offer their assistance.
Dr. John Howe, CEO of Project HOPE, remarked after signing the agreement with Delta Health Alliance, “There is a great need to continue improving access and providing health care to the residents of the Mississippi Delta and I am confident that the combined skills and experience of Project HOPE and the Delta Health Alliance will help build stronger, healthier communities in the future. The partnership is another example of HOPE’s commitment to provide health opportunities for people everywhere, including at home in the United States.”
Howe and his team toured the Delta several weeks ago, met with Governor Barbour and Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, and visited many of the clinics supported by the Delta Health Alliance. After witnessing first hand the opportunities for help, Project HOPE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delta Health Alliance and pledged to explore opportunities to develop and implement health programs in the Delta and pursue financial resources to support these programs.
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems, 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 more than 35 countries across five continents. Project HOPE’s commitment to better health care in Mississippi is not new. The organization was actively involved in humanitarian relief efforts in Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which claimed more than 1,800 lives. Project HOPE provided medical volunteers, donated medicines and supplies. Project HOPE also helped create the Moss Point Clinic, the first new facility of its kind to open after Katrina’s devastation. The Moss Point clinic is now a permanent medical facility serving more than 3,200 patients each year.
“The collaboration between Project HOPE and DHA supports our mission of changing access to care and improving quality of life in the Delta. Real and sustainable change can only occur when individuals and organizations come together with their expertise and resources,” stated Dr. Karen Fox, CEO of Delta Health Alliance. “We’re seeing real change from the ground up, improvements that promise a brighter future for the entire region. With Project HOPE’s history of transforming areas like the Delta, we’re excited about the opportunity for ensuring change.”
The Mississippi Delta ranks as one of the poorest regions in the United States. Project HOPE and DHA will work together to seek funding for medicines, medical equipment and outreach programs to assist all residents, especially those living in the remote areas of the Delta.
Project HOPE has already obtained product donations to support DHA initiatives from corporate donors such as Stanbio, Lifesign, Quidel, BD, 3M, Bornfree, Lecat’s Ventriloscope, Lifescan, Newport Medical Instruments, Apria, Welch Allyn, STERIS, Hu-Friedy and Faichney Medical Company. The first round of medical testing supplies have been delivered to Mississippi and are currently being distributed to clinics throughout the Delta. Flu testing kits, strep throat swabs, and urine testing kits will help the Good Samaritan Clinic serve the working uninsured.
For more information about DHA and Project HOPE, go to the respective websites: www.deltahealthallinace.org and http://www.projecthope.org/news-blogs/ceo-blog/. Follow both organizations on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Linkdin.