Mission

Hope Partnerships International (HPI) supports improvement of primary healthcare in developing countries around the world.  HPI typically accomplishes this goal by: (1) continuing medical education seminars and consultations and (2) development of family medicine residency training programs.  Training is at selected clinics and hospitals in underserved nations. The teachers are experienced U.S. board-certified family physicians or equivalent.

Overview

HPI’s short-term overseas involvement includes free medical clinics, medical disaster and crisis response, and a special emphasis on medical education through medical conferences. Long-term involvement focuses on establishing family medicine residency training programs around the world.

Description

In the mid-twentieth century, the thrust of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international aid agencies was on “vertical” or disease-based assistance programs. The emphasis was on teams of physicians, epidemiologists and other aid workers who would go out to solve the specific issues of disease diagnosis, management and prevention in various locales internationally.

Beginning in the late 1970s, the WHO began to recognize that a most effective way to raise healthcare standards in developing countries was to work “horizontally” – i.e., develop appropriate level quality primary and community health systems. At the September 1978 meeting of the World Health Organization in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, primary care for all was made an official goal for international healthcare.

Hope Partnerships International realizes that for this goal (which was set by the WHO) to be met, there is a need

for more well-trained primary care physicians in developing countries. HPI is responding to this need by

taking medical assistance and medical education to countries with some of the worst health statistics in the

world.