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John P. Howe, III, M.D.
John P. Howe, III, M.D., became President and CEO of Project HOPE in 2001.Before coming to Project HOPE, Dr. Howe was the Distinguished Chair in Health Policy at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and served as the Center's chief executive for fifteen years. Dr. Howe is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Howe has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He served two years in the Army Medical Corps and later completed the Health Systems Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Entries by John P. Howe, III, M.D.

Medical Diplomacy Against Global Turmoil: Battling Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:59 PM

The United States was there after Asia's tsunami ten years ago. It flew humanitarian aid to Pakistani flood victims with military helicopters in 2010. U.S. Marines dug Haitians from the rubble of a deadly earthquake. And now, America is on the front lines of the fight against Ebola in Africa.

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The Ebola Crisis: Report From the Front Lines

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Project HOPE, the global health organization, sent a team of medical and disaster relief experts to the front lines in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone to work with key health and emergency response officials and survey health facilities, logistics and lines of communication. The goal is to identify key gaps...

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The Ebola Outbreak: Good Medicine Against Public Panic

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:50 PM

In Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the health systems are rudimentary, panic is an understandable reaction to the march of the killer virus Ebola. In the United States, where we have one of the best health systems in the Western world, people should not be afraid.

But the toll...

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An HIV/AIDS-Free Generation in Africa?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:48 PM

A decade ago, the world faced the very real prospect that an accelerating HIV/AIDS pandemic could unleash death on a huge scale and devastate countries in Africa, a continent that had already been dealt a tough hand. Yet with the recent birth of the one millionth HIV-free baby born to...

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Treating Cancer in a War Zone

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 4:29 PM


Every parent knows the anxieties and challenges of bringing an infant home from the hospital for the first time. But for the parents of Amir, a tiny Iraqi boy, those worries were multiplied many times amid the constant threat of kidnappings, sniper fire and...

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Hope Stirs As Diabetes Threat Mounts

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 4:39 PM

A silent killer is stalking the developing world, from Johannesburg to New Delhi, and Beijing to Mexico.

Unlike many health scares in the news, diabetes is not some new strain of influenza or a recently discovered mystery disease; it is a scourge as familiar to the United...

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HOPE After the Earthquake: Learning to Walk Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 6:08 PM

The film below tells the story of HOPE volunteer and NYC-based physical therapist Claude Hillel. Having watched the devastation that immediately followed the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and lost several of his own relatives in the disaster, Claude left New York and traveled to the battered...

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The Quality of Mercy

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 8:34 PM

As Americans remember the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day, I also recall the thousands of Project HOPE volunteers dispatched across the globe over the years to bring health and healing to foreign shores. I also think of those heading overseas this summer as part of "Pacific...

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Award-Winning Director Joshua Seftel Tells Dr. Dana Braner's Amazing 'Journey' of HOPE

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 1:25 PM

This is the first in a brand new series of documentary shorts by award-winning director and producer Joshua Seftel. Josh's past work has aired on PBS, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, and A&E, and has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. HOPE on Film is a series of short films that...

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Slacktivism: A Gateway, and Only a Gateway, to Truly Changing Lives

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:28 AM

Today is the beginning of National Volunteer Week -- seven days when Americans are encouraged to donate their time and energy to a variety of good causes, and inspire friends and family to do the same. But why bother going to all that effort when social media has transformed activism...

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