Project HOPE donations to aid area free clinics

Project HOPE in Millwood has announced recent plans to offer donated medications to free clinics in Virginia and West Virginia.

The program, which the humanitarian organization started about five years ago through Delta Health Alliance in Mississippi, is intended to include distribution to free clinics in other states as well.

It’s part of a way of distributing more free medical supplies within the United States, said Linda Roberts, director of development, gift-in-kind.

All free clinics in Virginia will benefit from the project, as well as seven so far in West Virginia, she said.

“The word is getting around to all the clinics that we will be working with them,” Roberts said.

The organization has plans for expanding to Florida after acquiring a license to distribute medication there.

Donations include antibiotics and medication for treating hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.

“Those are sort of the big ones,” she said.

Project HOPE, which was founded in 1958, has provided vaccines, medicines, medical supplies and medical training free of cost to residents of struggling nations worldwide as well as victims of natural disasters.

Roberts said the organization aided in disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina but otherwise focuses its relief to areas outside the U.S. She said other organizations such as the American Red Cross usually provide enough aid on home soil for Project HOPE to use its resources elsewhere.

Project HOPE ships more than $200 million worth of donated medicines, vaccines and medical supplies around the globe each year, a news release on the organization’s website says. Recent shipments have been sent to the Philippines, Tanzania, Macedonia and Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

For more information, visit http://www.projecthope.org.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com