Global HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence), an initiative between Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI), Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and CannonDesign, has earned an honorable mention in the Spaces, Places and Cities category of the 2018 Fast Company Innovation by Design (IBD) Awards. Fast Company’s IBD awards program seeks to recognize the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. Specifically, the Spaces, Places and Cities category seeks out the best project that “improve the urban fabric, including urban planning, architecture, interactive spaces and apps.”
Global HOPE seeks to improve the survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders in sub-Saharan Africa by creating long-term, sustainable treatment facilities and educating healthcare professionals in the area. Currently, 90% of children diagnosed with cancer in this part of the world die. This inhuman reality is unacceptable, and the Global HOPE team knows if they can succeed in creating care centers that are economical to build, self-sufficient to operate and maintain, and flexible enough to address the difficult site conditions and contexts of the region – they can deliver hope and save lives.
Beyond elevating the quality of the care facilities themselves, Global HOPE empowers healthcare institutions to send more physicians and staff over to help and train practitioners in the region. Our Steve Kopp explains, “The goal is to build long-term inpatient pediatric cancer hospitals there. Texas Children’s has been sending one physician over at a time, but the goal now is to be able to send rotations through these countries to train even more professionals.”