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The Unsung Heroes of Global Health and Humanitarian Relief

“If you can fly halfway around the world to care about us, we can certainly care about ourselves within this village.” These words were spoken to a Project HOPE volunteer by a patient in India whose health improved thanks to our efforts. In this podcast episode, you will hear similar stories that encapsulate both the significant human impact that our volunteers’ work across the globe can forge, and the lasting impact they leave behind. We hear from Andrea Dunne-Sosa, an emergency response...


How to Tackle the Shortage of Health Care Workers

One of the biggest challenges facing the global health community is not a new pandemic, a natural disaster or the aftermath of a vicious civil war – it’s a shortage of health care workers that makes dealing with all of these unrelenting situations much harder. In many countries, a lack of doctors, nurses, community health workers, and support staff is hampering the sustainability and development of health systems. Even though the world economy is expected to create 40 million new health...


The First Humanitarian Crisis of 2018

A massive humanitarian crisis is building in Yemen, where a civil war is raging that is exacerbating already grave challenges to a health care system compromised by years of political turmoil. More than a million suspected cases of cholera, a generational diphtheria outbreak among children and an elevated level of maternal mortality are just the early warning signs of a public health emergency that is likely to get far worse. Project HOPE’s President Rabih Torbay has just returned from...


A Laser Focus on AIDS in Ethiopia

The world is entering a new phase in the AIDS epidemic. And Ethiopia is at the center of groundbreaking new approaches to tackling the disease, especially in urban areas of the country where it is at its most potent. A new $40 million program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, in which Project HOPE is the leading partner, is targeting significant cuts in transmission rates, as Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project HOPE reveals in the latest episode of Global Health...


Speed Saves Lives in Hurricane Season

Each of the monster hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria that barreled across the Caribbean and hit American citizens in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico over the last month posed unique challenges, whether in the form of torrential rains, storm surges or devastating wind damage. Project HOPE was on the ground quickly following each of these disasters to provide emergency and ongoing medical care. In this edition, Chris Skopec, HOPE’s Executive Vice President of Global Health and Emergency...


How One Moment Can Change a Life

Relief and development expert and President of Project HOPE, Rabih Torbay, has worked in some of the most dangerous conflict zones of the last two decades and navigated one humanitarian crisis after another. In this mini-episode, Rabih shares his unique personal story and tells us how he gave up a successful business for a lifetime in humanitarian and development work. Rabih explains how one moment, one story can change everything and take us down a completely different track.


The Refugees Next Door

The world is facing a new dimension to one of its perennial challenges — the plight of refugees. Exoduses of displaced people, from the Middle East, Africa and beyond, are straining the capacity of the international community to cope. The new challenge is that increasingly, refugees don’t end up in vast tent city camps. They live in urban areas where the host community is often almost as poor as the refugees themselves. This leaves governments and aid agencies with hard choices about who...


The Next Pandemic is Coming – Are We Prepared? (Part 2)

Good communication and information sharing is vital during a major health crisis. Alarming and inaccurate news coverage can spark widespread public panic and hamper efforts of authorities and NGOs to respond to an emergency. Our influential panel of experts from the media, public relations, global health, disaster relief and legal sectors discuss how best to frame disease outbreaks, strategies for maximizing the impact of accurate news coverage, and offer examples of effective...


The Next Pandemic is Coming - Are We Prepared? (Part 1)

Recent Ebola and Zika epidemics have tested and in some cases exposed the strategies that governments, global health NGOs and international organizations have in place to tackle major global health crises. In this episode, we look at the lessons learned from these health emergencies and ask whether the world is ready for when the next widespread pandemic hits. An influential panel of experts from the public sector, NGOs, foundations, academia and the private sector considers how the many...


Every Breath China Takes

Health experts Jenny Xu and Lily Hsu discuss innovative efforts underway to address the dramatic increase in respiratory diseases caused by dangerous levels of air pollution in China – the downside of the massive economic growth of this rising superpower in recent decades.


U.S. Foreign Aid In Jeopardy

Dr. Tom Kenyon discusses the potential impact of sweeping U.S. budget cuts to foreign aid that will risk degrading local health systems vital to fighting the next major outbreak of contagious diseases. He also makes the case for foreign aid as an incalculable fund of goodwill towards the United States.


Beating the Deadliest Killer Disease

Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project HOPE and Dr. Alex Trusov, the Senior Director of Project HOPE's TB portfolio, consider how the world can up its game in the fight to end TB by 2035.


The Epidemic Had To Do With Love

Our first podcast episode features Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project Health and former Director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Kenyon tackles the issue of global health security and efforts to find, stop and prevent health threats worldwide. He addresses the lessons learned from Ebola and Zika and shares his concerns over bioterrorism and future epidemics.