Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Project HOPE Update on Relief Efforts in China and Myanmar

Other Updates

Our long-term relationship with the people of China, where we have had staff and programs for 25 years makes us uniquely able to respond to the massive earthquake with both urgent humanitarian aid...and longer-term assistance, as warranted.

To date, Project HOPE has received cash donations and commitments for China relief efforts totaling nearly $1 million from our corporate partners, Abbott, Eli Lilly and Company, Baxter International Inc., Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Hospira, and from foundations and individual donors.

We are currently, with help from our in-country contacts and staff, identifying appropriate medicines and supplies from our existing inventory to be shipped to China.

As I told you before, the Shanghai Children's Medical Center, our flagship program in China, has dispatched two of its surgeons and four nurses to the quake zone to help with the relief effort. Project HOPE has been engaged since before the hospital opened in 1998 in training SCMC's health and medical professionals, and this development illustrates the important ripple effect of our work. Our staff in China remains in contact with the Ministry of Health, the Sichuan Bureau of Health, and local hospitals in the quake region with which we have longstanding relationships, to determine the medical needs in Sichuan Province and the logistical arrangements for getting medicines into the right hands.

In Myanmar , we were relieved to learn from the United Nations that international relief workers would be permitted int he country to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis. This news means the medical care, treatment, and recovery assistance that the survivors urgently need can now flow into the hardest hit areas. Project HOPE continues to explore all options to assist in relief efforts in Myanmar.

Please consider providing a cash gift to help us with the substantial relief and recovery work ahead, in both China and Myanmar. Project HOPE has a 50-year history as a conscientious steward of donated resources. We do not ship and deliver product to a disaster area until we can be assured that we are responding to priority needs, and that the medicines we send will be properly handled and stored and used. We are seeking support now so that we are prepared to handle the impending response in both countries.

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