Non-Country Specific ASHA Assistance

In addition to regional programs, ASHA has awarded approximately $78 million in assistance to various Private and Non-Governmental Organizations that administer global programs.

They include organizations that:

  • Transport services to remote areas of the world where such services are either unavailable or in very limited supply. 

  • Provide training in health education and medical services to indigenous populations of remote areas of the world.

Project HOPE and Mercy Ships are two organizations that have successfully used ASHA funds to meet the growing health care needs of the developing world.

Project HOPE, based in the U.S. and whose mission is "Health Opportunities for People Everywhere," alleviates suffering, saves lives, and helps communities attain lasting improvements in healthcare.

With assistance from ASHA, Project HOPE provides training in health and medical services to about thirty countries annually.  Project HOPE reaches more than one million people worldwide and operates medical education and policy research programs in seventy countries on five continents, including North America.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion.

The Africa Mercy is a seagoing vessel that contains six operating rooms and over 450 volunteer crew at any one time. This floating hospital has brought hope and healing to countries in West Africa: war-torn Liberia, Benin and currently Togo. The ship provides a safe working and living environment that allows highly qualified volunteers to fully maximize their skills for the benefit of the poor and for those who come for training.

The Africa Mercy provides an immediate impact in the form of free surgeries – dental, eye, orthopedic, cleft palate repair, and tumor removal. Along with these immediate benefits, the medical training provided by Mercy Ships creates a continuing impact long after the ship has left port.

This training includes:

  • Surgical training for African physicians

  • Health education

  • Mental health training for health care workers and community leaders

  • Community development training in sustainable, organic agriculture

The successes of organizations like Project HOPE and the Mercy Ships demonstrate American education and medical technology worldwide. This fosters a favorable image of the United States overseas and increases mutual understanding between Americans and other nations.

For more information on non-country specific ASHA assistance, contact Mary Herbert at, Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), American Schools & Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.

Last updated: September 13, 2013

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