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From the Field: Empowering Physical Therapists in Bhutan

In October 2016, HVO volunteer and leader Linda Wolff, MPT shared her experience helping to deliver the World Health Organization’s Wheelchair Service Provision Training program in Thimphu, Bhutan with HVO blog readers. Ms. Wolff collaborated with an international team of physical therapy volunteers—including providers from the U.S., Argentina, Canada, and the U.K., as well as […]

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Help Train Anesthesia Students in Ghana!

According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, an estimated five billion people around the world lack access to safe and affordable surgical and anesthesia care. This is due in part to a lack of trained surgeons and anesthesia providers – a shortage that impacts low- and middle-income countries in particular, where 9 out of […]

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How to Connect with HVO on Do More 24

When you give to a local organization with an international mission, your gift is sure to have far-reaching impact. A Washington, DC resident who gives to HVO on Do More 24, for example, will help provide education and professional development opportunities to health workers in resource-scarce countries, who in turn will provide more and better […]

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Addressing Obstacles to Global Cancer Care at the ASCO Annual Meeting

On June 2, oncology professionals from around the world will gather in Chicago for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. Each year, this conference provides health workers specializing in oncology with the opportunity to connect with their colleagues and discuss future trends and current controversies affecting their field. Access to and provision […]

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Support Ob-Gyn Providers and Trainees in Uganda and Vietnam

HVO is currently recruiting qualified obstetricians and gynecologists to provide training and support to their colleagues at our newest Ob-Gyn project sites in Kampala, Uganda and Hue, Vietnam. In Uganda, volunteers will work with faculty, clinicians, and trainees at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital to advance the knowledge and skills of students and staff through […]

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High Blood Pressure is a Big Deal

A family history of high blood pressure doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with this condition. High blood pressure can be impacted by genetic predisposition, but it’s also possible to control and change many of the factors that contribute to the damage caused by high blood pressure or hypertension. Diet, activity, stress management and physical fitness […]

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What’s the Purpose of a Sports Physical

For children and teens that plan on playing any form of organized sport, a sports physical is a vital part of the process and something that needs to be done every year. If your child already plays any sport through their school or an extracurricular organization, you’re likely already aware of the requirement, as most […]

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One Day, One World: Connecting Local Giving to Global Efforts.

On June 8th, Health Volunteers Overseas will once again join the United Way of the National Capital Area and Global Impact for a one-day, community-based online giving event – Do More 24. Do More 24 brings together nonprofit organizations, companies, and individuals committed to making a difference. Through focused online giving, Do More 24 provides […]

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Celebrating the Year of the Healthy Nurse During National Nurses Week

For nearly three decades, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6-12. This six-day celebration culminates in International Nurse Day, which has been celebrated on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12, since 1965.  HVO could not be more thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize the many dedicated nurses who volunteer […]

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How Does Caffeine and Coffee Affect Your Health

There is no doubt that people today consume a lot of coffee and even more caffeine each day. People drink coffee as a daily habit or sporadically to boost energy and stay awake. Caffeine is found in energy drinks, energy supplements, weight loss pills, sodas and even chocolate. It is the most widely consumed drug in […]

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Celebrate. Collaborate. Grow. – A Recap of the HVO 30th Anniversary Symposium

On Friday, April 28th, members of the HVO global health community came together at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for our 30th Anniversary Symposium. This event was an opportunity for long-time HVO volunteers and partners and new members alike to celebrate three decades of impact, and […]

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Can’t Attend HVO’s 30th Anniversary Symposium In-person? Follow the Action Online!

If you cannot join us in Washington, D.C. this Friday, April 28, for HVO’s 30th Anniversary Symposium, join us online instead! You can follow the event in real-time on HVO’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or check these sites, along with the HVO blog, to view sessions and read about the event after the fact. Throughout […]

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Help Share HVO’s Mission at Home and Abroad

“If you’re going along in your practice and you think you’ve done about everything you can ever get to do, why not try to push your envelope and volunteer with HVO.” These were the words that inspired 2017 Golden Apple Award honoree Dr. Charles Bloomer, DDS, to begin his global volunteerism journey. The advice came […]

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Five Most Effective Exercises for Senior Citizens

A large percentage of senior citizens find it hard to exercise due to joint pains and lack of strength and flexibility.  This is quite serious because the aging population today has the highest number of cases of lifestyle diseases that can be easily eliminated by regular physical activity. Exercising regularly can reduce pain and stiffness, […]

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The Seven Best Berries for Late-Night Binges

Everyone has nights when they simply have to have something to snack on. Instead of reaching for that piece of candy or that big bowl of ice cream, why not try berries? Ripe berries are delicious and are good for you. Here are seven berries for that late-night snack that provide health benefits as well. […]

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Working Together to Support the Global Health Workforce

This week, we have honored the health workers at the heart of HVO’s mission on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels in celebration of World Health Worker Week. Our dedicated volunteers and overseas partners are integral to our efforts to transform lives and improve global health. When we considered the question of why […]

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Help Advance the Practice of Pediatric Dermatology in Nepal!

Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of a new pediatric dermatology project in partnership with the Dermatology Institute Skin Health and Referral Center (DISHARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal. As part of this unique project, volunteers will serve as mentors to three dermatologists in training who seek to develop expertise in pediatric dermatology. These […]

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How Oral Health Affects Overall Health

It is common knowledge that poor oral care commonly leads to the development of cavities. However, various scientific studies indicate an increased risk of certain infections and diseases when people neglect their gums and teeth. Below are some of the health-related issues that may result from a poor oral hygiene. Cardiovascular Disease The oral cavity […]

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Celebrating Improved Access to Care on World Oral Health Day

The World Health Organization defines oral health as “a state of being free from mouth and facial pain,” which may be caused by a variety of diseases and conditions, including cavities and tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, infection, dental trauma, and birth defects such as a cleft lip or palate. These conditions often have […]

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An Opportunity to Be Inspired – HVO’s 30th Anniversary Symposium

Editor’s Note: The following message comes from the Chair of the HVO Board of Directors,  Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW. As HVO continues its year-long celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are preparing to welcome members of our community to Washington, DC next month for a one-day symposium, and I would like you to join us. […]

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#BeBoldForChange: Working Together to Improve Women’s Health

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016 provides insight into the current state of women’s health equity in 144 countries around the globe. There is reason to be optimistic: the gap in health outcomes between women and men is the smallest of the four key areas examined in the report. However, there is […]

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Professional Collaboration: Renewing Energy, Commitment & Enthusiasm

Editor’s Note: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM 2017) was hosted in San Antonio in February. The event brought together “over 11,000 of the brightest and most innovative professionals for the BIGGEST conference on physical therapy in the country”. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, APTA, HVO staff were present […]

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Does Therapeutic Massage Really Offer Health Benefits

What if you could lie down in a quiet room, rest for an hour, and improve your health? With a therapeutic massage, you can experience exactly that. The benefits of regular massage sessions extend far beyond the very pleasant experience of feeling de-stressed and rejuvenated. These benefits include relief in back pain, lowered blood pressure, […]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Immune System

Everyone knows that the human immune system helps to fight off illnesses. There are, however, a number of facts about this system that the average person may not know. Below are five interesting facts that might change the way you look at your immune system. You Can Be Too Clean According to the hygiene hypothesis, […]

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Reflections from Abroad: Transitioning from Trainees to Teachers

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final post in a series written by Victoria Elliot, MSPH, a public health professional and medical student who accompanied HVO staff member April Pinner on a recent trip to Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Victoria’s background in public health, coupled with the fact that she is in the midst […]

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Photo Essay: Images that Capture the International Volunteer Experience

Editor’s Note: You may recognize the name Dr. Jim Matiko from last year’s HVO Photo Contest. Images captured during Dr. Matiko’s 2009 assignment in Malawi won in both the “Celebrate” and “Grow” categories. Every health worker has a story, and photography is an integral part of Dr. Matiko’s story, which began in childhood when he […]

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3 Things to Know about Diet and Allergies

Allergies are a troublesome reality that many people have to deal with and for some they can be life threatening. Certain things trigger reactions in some that are otherwise harmless to most people. This sensitivity is caused by a release of histamine and the most common way to fight the symptoms is with an antihistamine. […]

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HVO Launches Internal Medicine Project in Collaboration with Lumbini Medical College in Nepal

Lumbini Medical College (LMC) is seeking volunteers from HVO’s internal medicine program to assist with clinical and didactic training of medical students, and to help establish patient education programs in schools and communities that target lifestyle modifications to improve health. Founded in 2006, with a goal to gain global recognition as a “leading professionally driven […]

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Bringing Colleagues Together: Join Us in Washington, DC

Health Volunteers Overseas knows the importance of bringing colleagues together; we have witnessed the positive impact of these exchanges at our project sites over the past 30 years. Building on that idea, HVO will host our 30th Anniversary Symposium in Washington, DC on Friday, April 28, 2017. The event will bring together HVO leadership, partners, volunteers, and […]

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Improving Cancer Care Through Education

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the global burden of cancer is on the rise. The World Health Organization predicts that the total number of cases will increase by as much as 70 percent over the next two decades, reaching a high of 22 million cases annually. The impact of this increase […]

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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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