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Together to Ensure Access to Care for All

“I simply love the progress this anesthesia department has made. It is amazing, and I am proud to have had a part in helping them achieve this goal. They are an inspiration.” – Suzanne Brown, CRNA, volunteer and former project director for HVO’s anesthesia project in Siem Reap, Cambodia “If there are people who are […]

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Trends in Global Health: Mentorship and Human Capital

HVO’s Deputy Director Beth MacNairn authored this installment of our Trends in Global Health series on the importance of mentorship and human capital. View other posts in this series here. Have an idea for an article on an emerging trend in the global health sector? Contact HVO’s Communications Coordinator Nora Daly. When I reflect on […]

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Small Changes, Large Impact

Sometimes, when we think of making a difference in health care, we think of major changes – introducing new technology or surgical skills. What we often forget are the small elements of day-to-day work that we take for granted but that can have an enormous impact. I recall two incidences of those kinds of changes […]

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Bringing Dermatology to the Underserved in Uganda

When Dr. Leo Odongo moved from Mbarara, Uganda, to the smaller city of Kabale in September 2016, he noticed a concerning trend. Patients in Kabale and the surrounding rural areas did not have access to dermatology services. Even more concerning, few in the community were aware that such services existed. Though Dr. Odongo relocated to […]

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Fostering Partnerships to Improve Oral Health

Our eyes may be the windows to our souls, but our mouths are a pretty good indicator of our overall health status. Oral disease is a significant health problem that can affect an individual’s ability to eat, drink, speak, and work or attend school. Needless to say, these symptoms have both physical and psycho-social effects. […]

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Transforming Lives Through Education on World Teachers’ Day

At Health Volunteers Overseas, we often talk about the transformative power of education. Health workers who are given access to hands-on training, resources and mentorship gain the confidence and skills needed to better serve their patients. Patients who receive vital information on how to manage the symptoms of an illness or injury, and reduce risk […]

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My Heart, Your Heart: World Heart Day 2018

We all have the power to improve our own heart health. Whether we choose to eat healthier, exercise, quit smoking, or reduce our alcohol consumption, a small change can make a big impact on our cardiovascular health. However, on World Heart Day 2018, the World Heart Federation is asking us to think beyond ourselves and […]

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Improving Pediatric Care in Nepal

HVO is pleased to announce the expansion of our pediatric program to include a new training project in partnership with Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital (LMC) in Tansen, Nepal. LMC is a center for teaching and training located about five miles outside of the town of Tansen in western Nepal. The hospital was founded […]

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Supporting the Global Health Workforce Through Education

This past Monday, the US observed the passage of Labor Day, an annual holiday celebrating the country’s labor workforce. For many school districts throughout the US, Labor Day also marks the start of the academic year. The dual significance of Labor Day as both a time to celebrate workers and a time when students and […]

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Improving Access to Dermatologic Care in Costa Rica

For Karen Stolman, MD the motivation to complete her first global health volunteer assignment came from falling in love. “It started with falling in love with the country of Costa Rica, and having already visited and being fluent in Spanish,” she recalled during a recent interview. Dr. Stolman, a practicing dermatologist since 2001, recognized the […]

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Improving Access to Obstetric and Gynecologic Care in Cambodia

Access to obstetric care in Cambodia is improving rapidly. According to the 2014 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (2014 CDHS), 95% of expectant mothers surveyed received antenatal care, and the number of births attended by a skilled health worker increased by nearly 20% compared with the 2010 CDHS. Access to postnatal care also improved—90% of […]

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A Royal Volunteer – Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone is Transforming

Volunteering with HVO is an opportunity to go a bit outside your ‘comfort zone.’  Every volunteer, of course, defines his/her own comfort zone and experiences the challenges in his/her own unique way.  So, in fact, no two volunteer experiences are exactly the same.  I would have to say, though, that Wilma Ostrander, who volunteered with […]

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How to Ensure Your Baby Isn’t Exposed to Too Much Heat and Sun

The summer months are a great time for children to get outside, get some sunshine, and play. However, when it comes to letting small children, especially infants, spend time in the sun, it becomes important to ensure that they do not experience too much exposure to the sun. Not only can it cause discomfort, but […]

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Fostering Dialogue on International Partnerships to Improve Global Health

Last year, as HVO marked 31 years of service, we shared an article co-authored by HVO’s Director of Program Design & Evaluation, April Pinner, MSPH, RD and Executive Director, Nancy Kelly, MHS — Health Volunteers Overseas: 30 Years of Leveraging International Partnerships to Strengthen Health Worker Capacity. In the article, Ms. Pinner and Ms. Kelly […]

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Why Checking The Quality Of Your Home’s Air Is Important To Your Health

The quality of air in your home can impact the health of you and your entire family. Side effects from breathing poor air can show up immediately, but can also harm your body for years and show up much later. The side effects of poor air quality range from mildly inconvenient to fatal and should […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM

Although 2018 Golden Apple Award Recipient Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM “had never really volunteered before,” when she first learned of HVO in 1996, the pediatrician already had ample experience practicing medicine in resource-scarce settings. “I had worked a bit abroad,” she recalled during a recent interview. Her international work experiences included time spent in Gaza […]

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Making a Sustainable Impact on Physical Therapy in Rwanda

From March 2013 to May 2015, HVO volunteers delivered a series of continuing education courses, a leadership institute, and more than 300 clinical mentoring sessions to Rwandan physiotherapists, as part of a USAID-funded project. In total, 168 physiotherapists participated in these training activities—nearly half of Rwanda’s 333 physical therapy providers. But the impact of the […]

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Sustainable Progress to Improve the Care of Mom and Baby

Last week the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released Acting on the Call 2018—the latest report on the agency’s effort to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, the agency is investing in health system strengthening and capacity building initiatives in 25 […]

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Common Myths About the Health and Safety of Bottled Water

Through the years, there have been many controversies surrounding the industry of bottled water.  Many of the controversies have been mostly about whether or not drinking bottled water is safe.  Some experts think bottled water should be avoided at all costs, but others say it is more dangerous to drink tap water.  Fortunately, there are […]

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Ways To Get More Sleep At Night and Wake Up Refreshed

More people these days are sleeping less and experiencing poor sleep quality. Getting a good night’s rest is just as important as exercising and eating healthy. What Happens if a Person Lacks Sleep? There are several adverse side effects that come with insomnia or lack of rest. Sleeping for only a few hours a night […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient Alexia Knapp, MD

As a dermatology resident, Alexia Knapp, MD, seized upon the opportunity to complete a rotation at the Regional Dermatology Training Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. The experience sparked an enduring interest in global health and tropical medicine, which led to multiple volunteer assignments at HVO’s collaborating institution, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in […]

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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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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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16 November 2018