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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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Four Things You Should Know About Childhood Obesity

Obesity is becoming a hugely serious problem around worldwide, and it is a problem that not only affects adults. The rate of childhood obesity has skyrocketed over the past few decades, which has put a growing number of children and adolescents at risk for serious health problems that were once primarily limited to adults, including […]

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Quality Counts: Leading the Way in Redefining ‘Care’

Access to care is not enough. This is the argument made by the authors of an editorial published in the June 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Increased access to care is not sufficient to ensure improved health outcomes or a reduction in the burden of disease in low- and middle-income […]

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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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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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