Management Sciences for Health Becomes NetHope Member

Nethope Adds Three New Organizations to its Membership

NetHope, a catalyst to help international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) collaborate, innovate, and use information communications technology (ICT) to be more efficient and effective in the pursuit of their respective missions, is proud to announce its three new members - Mercy Ships, Medical Teams International, and Management Sciences for Health.

"We are delighted to welcome three new members to the NetHope community," said Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO. "They join a group of 41 other like-minded leading NGOs committed to innovation and global impact."

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world.

"We are very excited to be a part of NetHope. Mercy Ships is at a pivotal moment where technology is becoming even more critical to our mission of bringing hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor," said Chris Gregg, Mercy Ships CIO. "Through collaboration with the other members of the NetHope community, we look forward to sharing and learning how to more fully leverage technology in support of the people and nations we serve."

Medical Teams International, a Christian humanitarian relief and development organization, mobilizes volunteer medical professionals, ships donated medical supplies, and creates health programs with lasting impact to help people who are affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world.

"We're thankful to NetHope for the opportunity to join 41 other leading international NGOs committed to leveraging technology to achieve our missions," said Jeff Pinneo, Medical Teams International president and CEO. "We look forward to collaborating with NetHope members to continue enhancing our technologies and training as we work with partners in the communities we serve to set up long-term development programs that help communities become self-reliant and prepared for future emergencies."

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a global health non-profit organization building stronger health systems in developing nations around the world.

"Management Sciences for Health is very pleased to join the NetHope community. As a global leader for over 40 years in health systems strengthening, MSH is excited to collaborate with the other member NGOs and corporate partners to bring sustainable and scalable information, communications and technology solutions that will help save lives around the world," said Patricia B. Nicklin, MSH VP, global partnerships, marketing & communications.

As new members, Mercy Ships, Medical Teams International, and Management Sciences for Health will benefit from the collaborative nature of NetHope's members and supporters who are committed to helping one another through partnership, knowledge sharing, shared projects, and open communication.

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.2 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 35 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time (www.mercyships.org).

About Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.

We respond to disasters around the world—and here at home—by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. We also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

We see human suffering as a call – not just to open our hearts, but to move our feet. We are compelled by our Christian faith into action – a team, guided by compassion and magnified by expertise. We are committed to rise, mobilize, and make a difference (http://www.medicalteams.org).

About Management Sciences for Health

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health non-profit organization, is a leader in building stronger health systems in developing nations around the world. We work with governments, ministries of health, health managers, and civil society to save lives and improve health. Since 1971, MSH has worked in over 100 countries to improve the quality, availability, and affordability of health services. MSH is making a lasting difference in global health by strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy (www.msh.org).

About NetHope

NetHope, Inc., which started in 2001, is a new-generation collaboration of the international community's leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing over $40 billion (USD) of emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 180 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries (www.nethope.org).

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