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Expanding Horizons for Dermatology Professionals in Vietnam

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by HVO staff member Kim Rodgers. Kim is the Volunteer Placement Coordinator for HVO’s dermatology program and works closely with on-site personnel at each of our dermatology project sites. Two of the dematologists Kim works with at the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HUMP), Dr. Tran Ngoc Khanh […]

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The Power of Relationships to Improve Global Health

Valentine’s Day is a holiday devoted to celebrating relationships. At Health Volunteers Overseas, we view Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to honor the many relationships at the heart of the work that we do. Obviously, relationships between colleagues are essential to achieve the interprofessional collaboration that makes our projects thrive. For the many HVO volunteers […]

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How to Avoid Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as Computer Eye Strain, is an unintended consequence of the computer revolution. Computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices have made connecting to others simpler and created entire industries. This progress, however, has led to an epidemic of eyestrain. The result, according to WebMD, is that 50 to 90 percent […]

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Working Together to Improve Cancer Care

This Sunday is World Cancer Day, an annual event that aims to reduce the global burden of cancer by fostering awareness and support for prevention efforts large and small. It also marks the third and final year of the “We can. I can.” World Cancer Day campaign. For the past three years, the creators of […]

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Maximizing Stamina for Team Sports

Sports can be a great activity to be a part of, whether as a player or as a coach. While playing a sport is fun, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you or your athletes are not properly conditioned. In practically every sport, not having the stamina to continue playing will cost you. […]

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The Pivotal Role of Partnership: How Relationships Improve Global Health

“I think developing professional relationships with international colleagues – teaching together and exchanging ideas provides not only personal satisfaction, but the opportunity to build pediatric capacity together,” commented HVO pediatrics committee member and volunteer, Cynthia Howard, MD, MPH, FAAP in a recent interview. Indeed, at each HVO project site – in every program area and […]

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Celebrate Global Volunteerism at the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting

“There’s been an explosion of interest [in global volunteerism] in the last decade, which is really exciting,” reflected American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) International Committee member Coleen Sabatini, MD, during a recent interview with HVO staff, “but with that comes a need to take a step back and really have an honest conversation about […]

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Your Action Plan to Improve Global Health in 2018

It is mid-January, the time of year when the sheen has begun to wear off many of our New Year’s resolutions. While the “Bomb Cyclone” may have put a damper on your pledge to run every day, and a return to the workday grind may have undermined efforts to sleep more or meditate for 10 […]

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Three Things to Know When Food Poisoning Strikes

When we talk about how serious of an issue food safety is, everyone has their own perceptions based on their experience and knowledge. However, most of us will agree that children and the elderly are most at risk, although food poisoning can strike anyone, anywhere and anytime. The Center for Disease Control estimates that every year in the […]

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Popular Diets From a Healthcare Provider’s Perspective

Choosing a diet that is right for you is more than simply restricting calories and increasing the amount of exercise you partake in each day. Understanding how diets impact the body and ultimately affect your overall health is essential when searching for a lifestyle that is truly fitting for your needs. Comparing the pros and […]

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Editor’s Picks: Top HVO Blog Posts of 2017

For HVO staff, leadership, volunteers and supporters this past year was a time for both reflection and forward planning. In April, we were joined by many members of our global health community for a one-day symposium in Washington, DC. The symposium was a celebration of HVO’s 30th Anniversary, and an opportunity to plan for the […]

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From the Executive Director’s Desk: Top Moments from 2017

This year was an exceptionally busy and productive year for Health Volunteers Overseas. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary, launched several new projects, and renovated our Washington, DC headquarters to accommodate our growing staff. We had the honor of being included, for a third time, in the DC-based giving guide, the Catalogue for Philanthropy. HVO’s Director […]

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Using the Web to Connect Rwandan Health Professionals with Continuing Education

The seed for the website Top Upgrade was planted during a month-long leadership training course for physical therapy professionals, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda in 2015 with support from HVO. During the course, participants were divided into groups of five to work collaboratively on special projects. Jean-Damascene Bigirimana Ngamba, PT, became so passionate about […]

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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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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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