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HVO Volunteers: Ripples of Impact

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the resolution “Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond,” which recognizes that volunteers can be a powerful tool in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Volunteers programme specifically highlights the essential role volunteers play in solidifying ownership of […]

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Joining Together to Transform Lives on #GivingTuesday

Each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., the world kicks off the charitable giving season by celebrating #GivingTuesday. On this global day of giving, Health Volunteers Overseas invites our community of supporters to come together to empower health workers around the world through education. This year, we are partnering with the DC-based […]

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Travel Smart: Packing the Essentials for Your Family

Travel in itself can be hard, but it’s even harder with children. Younger children are more prone to airsickness, carsickness, and food-related illnesses. In addition, children get bored and tired faster than adults. Here are some things you can do to ensure the best possible trip with your family. Vaccinations for Foreign Travel Your trip […]

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Thankful

Health Volunteers Overseas has so much to be thankful for this holiday season. We are thankful for partnership. Our overseas partners enable our volunteers to have real and lasting impact on the communities they serve. Our sponsors provide necessary resources, including the most important resource of all—human capital. By connecting us to passionate, dedicated individuals, […]

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How to ‘Grow 30 More’? Building a Sustainable Health Workforce in Resource-Scarce Countries

The following post was written by Gael O’Sullivan, MBA. Ms. O’Sullivan is a social and behavioral change expert with extensive experience in the global health sector. The post reflects on her experience as an attendee at HVO’s 30th Anniversary Symposium. To learn more about the HVO 30th Anniversary Symposium, read the latest Volunteer Connection.   On […]

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How Sugar Affects Your Body

It wasn’t long ago that the FDA and other major health organizations were crusading against fat and calories as the major contributors to obesity and other health issues. Today, we are learning otherwise. It is time to take a closer look at sugar and its effects on our health and well-being. Simply put, neither fat […]

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Top Post-Workout Tips to Maximize Your Results

Most people engage in half-hearted warm-ups before a workout. You may always remember to do a bit of stretching and warm up before you hit the day’s routine, but hardly have the time or energy for a proper post-workout stretch. You may be too tired to want to engage in further stretching, but if you […]

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Working Together to Save Lives

Every day, one of the nearly 4,000 health workers trained by Health Volunteers Overseas in 2016 saves a life. Every day, each one of these health workers touches the lives of numerous patients and their families. They serve their communities, and support those battling injury, illness and chronic disease. By bringing education and professional opportunities […]

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Anesthesia Residents Transform Lives and Gain New Global Health Perspective Through the SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship

The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA)-HVO Traveling Fellowship is an opportunity awarded annually to a handful of senior anesthesia residents interested in furthering their own education while supporting their colleagues in resource-scarce countries. Recipients of the fellowship spend four weeks teaching at one of HVO’s numerous anesthesia project sites.  Prior to departure, fellows are […]

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New Opportunity for Physical Therapy Volunteers in Vietnam

In a recent post for our “Trends in Global Health” blog series, HVO leader Jennifer Audette, PT, PhD, discussed the evolution and growth of HVO’s physical therapy program. “I feel confident in saying that the future is very bright – and exciting – for HVO and the rehabilitation disciplines,” she wrote, “ … There is […]

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Trends in Global Health: The Rising Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases

Vidya Swaminathan, Ph.D., HVO  board member and Senior Director of Inhalation Product Development at AstraZeneca, authored this installment of Trends in Global Health, highlighting the rising prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in resource-scarce countries, as well as opportunities for HVO to contribute to the fight against NCDs.  Asthma affects 315 million people globally, making it one of […]

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How to Pack a Healthier School Lunch

School meals for your children are important. If you think about it, they eat one third of their meals during the school year at school, so the eating habits that they build during that time are important. Many times, lunches that are provided by the school are neither particularly healthy nor nutritious. So, how can […]

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Reducing Stigma to Improve Mental Health

Mental illness, neurological disorders and substance use disorders – these three conditions account for 14% of the global burden of disease. Often mistakenly believed to be more prevalent in high-income countries, mental health conditions affect individuals all over the world with 75% of affected persons living in low- and middle-income countries. Because less than 1% […]

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Five Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Weight loss experts know the key to gaining and maintaining a healthy body weight is your metabolism. Your metabolism refers to the number of calories you burn naturally in your day-to-day routine, so a higher metabolism means you naturally burn more calories. While the biggest factor in having a high metabolism is genetics, there are […]

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Power Foods That Promote Brain Health

A healthy brain is crucial for almost every aspect of a person’s wellbeing. People often strive to employ different techniques designed to strengthen their mental capacity. One of the easiest and most direct methods of accomplishing this task is through consuming foods known for improving brain function. We have listed below a few brain-strengthening foods, […]

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Benefits and Risks Associated With the Use of Activated Charcoal

First recorded as a treatment for infected wounds in 1500 BC, activated charcoal is a natural remedy for removing toxins. Although it is wood or coal, activated charcoal is not the same as the briquettes cooks use for fuel. Activated charcoal has several medical and therapeutic applications, effective to varying degrees. What Makes it Work […]

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Five Mantras for Setting up a Healthy Morning Routine

You’ve been meaning to make some worthwhile lifestyle choices for weeks or even months but haven’t got the foggiest clue where to start. It seems like there are thousands of guides online that point you in different directions for a good starting place, and it becomes a hassle having to sift through all that information. […]

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Reducing the Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease on World Heart Day

Friday, September 29th is World Heart Day – an annual event intended to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) in an effort to reduce the global burden of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. CVD is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, claiming more than 17 million lives each year. The majority of […]

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Reducing Global Infant Mortality through Nursing Education

This past July at the Saving Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange event in Washington, DC, HVO staff had the opportunity to view exciting new technologies designed to save the lives of mothers and their children. The technologies on display included several innovative solutions developed by HVO partner organizations. Although promising, such technologies can only be effective […]

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Trends in Global Health: Improving Health Equity Through Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Jennifer Audette, PT, PhD writes this installment of Trends in Global Health highlighting equity as one of the Guiding Principles of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision – a principle that fits within both the global health agenda and the HVO mission. September 8th is World Physical Therapy Day! The day is an opportunity for physical therapists from all […]

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Trends in Global Health: The Power of Storytelling

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, Chair of the HVO Board of Directors, writes this installment of Trends in Global Health, sharing a personal experience with using storytelling to identify the unique strengths and limitations that affect health systems in resource-scarce settings to illustrate why storytelling is a powerful tool to improve global health. We all have […]

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Empowering Nurses Through Education

“Nurses respond to the health needs of people in all settings and throughout the lifespan. Their roles are critical in achieving global mandates such as universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.”— The World Health Organization, “Global strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery 2016–2020” Nurses are an essential component of the global health […]

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Four Lifestyle Tips to Avoid Diabetes

There are thousands of individuals that are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus each year, requiring them to use insulin injections one or more times a day along with checking their blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes mellitus, then you are more likely to have other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure or nerve […]

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Trends in Global Health: Expanding Programming in Hospital Administration and Management

The following post was written by HVO volunteer and leader, Louise C. Myers, MSW, Post-Master’s Health Care Administration. In 2015, Ms. Myers traveled to Bhutan to assist with a needs assessment to identify future opportunities for volunteer recruitment in hospital management and administration at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu—a long-time partner […]

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Together: 31 Years of Improving Global Health through Partnership

Partnerships are essential to the HVO model. Mutually beneficial relationships with hospitals, universities and health institutions in the countries where we work are fundamental to our organizational structure and enable us to carry out our mission to provide education, training and professional opportunities to health workers in resource-scarce settings. By partnering with more than 80 […]

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Specialize in Wound Care? Transform Lives by Volunteering with HVO

According to the World Health Organization, injuries account for an estimated 5 million deaths each year, nearly twice as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. On top of this staggering death toll, tens of millions of people each year suffer non-fatal injuries. Non-fatal injuries may result in chronic, non-healing wounds or permanent disability. The […]

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Five Skin Infections you can Pick up at the Gym

Have you ever noticed that person at the gym who is dripping with sweat as he or she works out on the equipment? Yes, this is same person who doesn’t wipe down the equipment or does so with a drenched towel that just spreads the perspiration around.  Every gym has a few of these people. Our […]

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Addressing Trends in Global Health at HVO

How has the global health sector changed in the last 30 years, and how will current trends impact HVO in the continued pursuit of its mission? These two questions helped guide much of the discussion that occurred during HVO’s 30th Anniversary Symposium in April. Beyond Dr. James Tielsch’s keynote presentation on “Trends in Global Health,” […]

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Help Save the Lives of Moms and Babies in Haiti

Earlier this year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released the fourth annual Acting on the Call report, evaluating the agency’s progress toward its goal to end preventable child and maternal deaths. The report focuses on the need for strong and robust health systems to bolster efforts to save the lives of 15 […]

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Six Ways to Treat Sunburn

In the late spring and early summer months it’s great to go outdoors and soak up the sunshine and warm air, but sometimes you end up taking in too much sunshine. If you have light-colored skin, too much sun can give you a sunburn and be very painful to deal with. The best action is […]

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment". From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

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