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A Partnership to Support Gynecologic Oncologists in Uganda

On July 5, 2017, the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) announced the launch of its Fellowship Programme in Gynecologic Oncology. This collaborative program—created with support from Mulago National Referral Hospital, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and the Ugandan Ministry of Health—is dedicated to building the capacity of the Ugandan cancer care workforce, and improving the […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient Prakash Neupane, MD

Prakash Neupane, MD, a 2018 Golden Apple Award recipient, first heard about Health Volunteers Overseas during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting several years ago. However, he was unsure if he would be able to complete an HVO assignment due to his already packed volunteer schedule. “I was already devoting my time, […]

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A Call for Partnership at the 71st World Health Assembly

During his opening remarks at the 71st World Health Assembly (#WHA71) on Monday, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted the importance of partnership in the pursuit of universal health coverage. “By leveraging the experience, the skills, resources and networks of our partners, our impact can be exponentially larger than if we were acting […]

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Guest Blog: Teach One – Education & Mentorship Lead to Impact

For International Nurses Day, guest blogger Amanda Judd, FNP, board member of One Nurse at a Time, shares an experience from abroad and calls on colleagues to make a commitment to global health and nurses worldwide by using knowledge to empower others.

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Pack Your Bags and Leave the Jet Lag Behind

Are you feeling the urge to travel but dread the symptoms of jet lag? Time off is golden for most of us and it’s a shame to spend any of it recovering from exhaustion. Jet lag can’t be entirely avoided, but it doesn’t have to be so bad you spend your first few days napping when […]

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Fostering Global Health Leadership Through the SEA-HVO Fellowship Fund

HVO volunteer and leader Lena Dohlman, MD, MPH, is a self-described “reluctant fundraiser.” Although she has helped to secure funding for the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA)-HVO Traveling Fellowship for senior anesthesia residents each year since the award’s inception, she admits: “I  feel more comfortable asking people for donations when I lead the way […]

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Extraordinary Contributions: HVO Golden Apple Honorees

Last week, the world celebrated the Sixth Annual World Health Worker Week – an opportunity to recognize and honor the essential role health workers play in the delivery of care.  While the HVO community dedicates each day to empowering health workers through education and professional opportunity, we still take advantage of World Health Worker Week […]

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4 Tips for College Students on How to Avoid the “Freshman 15”

It can be an exciting venture leaving home for the first time. Meeting new people and beginning the journey to successful endeavors can be daunting, even more so when you’re worried about succumbing to the notorious “Freshman 15.” Weight gain occurs often in freshman year, but here are some tips to keep you fit instead […]

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Celebrating Health Worker Stories at the 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

World Health Worker Week is an annual opportunity to celebrate all the ways in which health workers count. From their impact on the lives of patients, to their support of colleagues and those in training, and ultimately to the difference they make in their communities—at HVO we recognize that health workers have the power to […]

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Do Certain Foods Have Specific Health Benefits

Thanks to the progress we’ve made in medical science, today we have a cure for the most deadly and incurable diseases. However, when it comes to prevention of diseases or even maintaining general health, medicines have often very little to offer. We tend to look back to our ancestors to learn what foods constitute a […]

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Connecting Oral Health to Overall Health on World Oral Health Day

This World Oral Health Day marks the beginning of a three-year campaign, “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health.” The goal of this campaign is to encourage the public to think of oral health as a critical component of overall physical well-being. Dental caries, gum disease, and other oral health conditions may lead to further health […]

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7 Ways to Staying Healthy During Flu Season

When flu season comes around everyone starts hoping they do not catch it. Many people do, but you can take some precautions that will increase your chances of avoiding it altogether. Anyone can take these steps to stay healthy during this dreaded season. The Difference Between a Cold and the Flu One thing that can […]

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Improving Women’s Health through Partnership on International Women’s Day

Every year, an estimated 287,000 women die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Appropriately trained health workers are needed to address health challenges and save lives. However, there is a critical shortage of health care providers, including providers specializing in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn), […]

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Stories of Impact – Judith Canfield-Henry, PT, MSEd, EdD

As we celebrated HVO’s 30th anniversary, I heard a number of stories, and recalled many more. Over the next year, I’d like to share some of my favorites with you. This first one was from a well-traveled and much loved volunteer, the late Judy Canfield-Henry, PT, MSEd, EdD, about an early trip to Bhutan. She […]

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From the Field: Empowering Physical Therapists and Wheelchair Users in Bhutan

Editor’s note: This post was adapted from a trip report written by HVO volunteer and leader Linda Wolff, MPT, summarizing her experience working as part of a team to deliver wheelchair service provision training to physical therapy providers in Thimphu, Bhutan. Read Ms. Wolff’s previous account of her experience delivering Part I of this training here. […]

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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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