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Project Hope

Note: This collaboration with ECOS is currently inactive.

For 46 years, Project HOPE has worked to make better health care available to people around the globe. Since its founding in 1958, HOPE has trained more than two million health professionals and made medical services available to millions of the world’s poorest people. HOPE’s long-term health education programs combined with humanitarian assistance initiatives promote goodwill while fighting disease and alleviating suffering.

Over 5,000 health care professionals and volunteer educators have worked for HOPE. Project HOPE now provides approximately $100 million worth of resources to between 20-30 countries on five continents each year. A major component of Project HOPE's work involves bring medical technology to the healthcare systems of developing and war-torn countries. This engineering aspect of HOPE was created and developed by Professor Herman Weed, The Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who was for many years the director of the University's Biomedical Engineering Center.

He established clinical engineering departments in hospitals in countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and South America. With help from many volunteer engineers in the US, he developed the training programs, and provided equipment and organizational skills so that these departments could develop into self-sustaining technical resources for the hospitals.

Professor Weed has since retired after decades of service to Project HOPE, but this technical work of HOPE is carried on today by engineers such as Roger Dzwonczyk, OSU clinical associate professor and member of the participating faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Center. He has traveled to many HOPE sites throughout the world to train clinical engineers and medical staff members in medical technology, conduct infrastructural and medical equipment assessments of existing facilities that have been decimated by wars, natural disasters or neglect, and solve specific technical problems as well as help plan new healthcare facilities.

For more information on Project Hope and how to volunteer: Project Hope