About us


Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. For more information, please visit www.projecthope.org

The involvement of Project HOPE in CEE commenced in 1974 with the foundation of the Polish-American Children’s Hospital. Since that time, Project HOPE has established offices in Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Serbia, providing an administrative base for developing and implementing a variety of individually designed education and training programs to improve health services and meet emergency medical needs in the region.

Project HOPE Poland

The Foundation was established in 1997. However, its history of involvement in the country commenced in 1974, when the Polish Ministry of Health and Welfare invited Project HOPE to Poland in order to provide assistance to the Polish-American Children's Hospital in Krakow. During the past 36 years, Project HOPE has provided medical education programs for more than 6,500 health professionals in Poland and provided over 700 fellowships for Polish health professionals in Western Europe and the United States. For more information, please visit www.poland.projecthope.org

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to help reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease. 

Bridging Cancer Care is the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s program for grant-making and partnership development to address cancer disparities in Europe – particularly Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2007, grant-making has focused on several issues, including enhancing psychosocial support for cancer patients and their families, expanding training and awareness for professional and lay health care workers, developing palliative care services for rural areas and breast cancer disease education and screening for at risk women.

University Children’s Hospital of Krakow

Formerly known as Polish-American Children's Hospital, affiliated with Jagiellonian University, is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health-care facility in the south-eastern part of Poland. Dedicated exclusively to meeting the health-care needs of children, the hospital has more than 500 beds. The leading departments of the hospital are the Department of Pediatrics with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Oncology Department providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment.