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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient Dashrath Kafle, BDS, MDS

At HVO we often discuss the importance of partnership. Without the support of our partners, including dedicated on-site personnel at each of our project sites across the globe, we would be unable to fulfill our mission to improve the availability and quality of health care through education. One such partner is Dashrath Kafle, BDS, MDS. […]

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Respect and Equity: The Building Blocks of Partnership

Throughout the month of March, numerous international days of action call us to reflect on our most pressing global challenges. These include International Women’s Day,  World Oral Health Day, World Down Syndrome Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Water Day, and World Tuberculosis Day. All of these causes are important, and […]

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Join us at AAOS 2019

Volunteering internationally allows you to focus on the real reason you got into medicine—to take care of people. Not only does it give you the opportunity to appreciate different cultures, but also to realize that as doctors we are basically all the same. We all want to be great surgeons. We all want to take […]

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Meeting the Challenge

Recently, the World Health Organization compiled a list of ten threats to global health in 2019. The highlighted threats are diverse and nuanced, like many of the challenges facing the global health community, ranging from antimicrobial resistance to noncommunicable diseases to weak primary health care, air pollution and climate change. At HVO, we are ready […]

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#IAmAndIWill – a call to action

On World Cancer Day, we are all called to take action. At HVO, we believe educating and supporting health workers is essential to addressing the global cancer burden.  We bring together individuals who are passionate about improving access to treatment and quality of life for individuals with cancer in an effort to strengthen the collective […]

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#IAmAndIWill – a call to action

World Cancer Day marks the launch of #IAmAndIWill – a three-year campaign that calls everyone to make a personal commitment to address the global cancer burden.

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Training Future Leaders: Global Health Volunteers Bear Witness to Development & Growth

Pediatric cardiologist Mark Duster, MD believes international health volunteers “offer a vision of the possible” to their colleagues in resource-scarce countries by providing a glimpse into how increased health workforce capacity and health system strengthening may impact patient care over the course of their careers. “It may not be today, but in your lifetime, you’re […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient Janna Beling, PhD, PT

"My international volunteer experiences have been life changing and have caused me to recognize that our physical therapy profession has a major contribution to make in furthering global health." - Dr. Janna Beling

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Volunteer Spotlight: Robert Hoffman, MD is Hooked on Volunteering Overseas

2018 Golden Apple Award honoree Robert Hoffman, MD already had some international medical volunteer experience under his belt when he first learned about HVO during the 2006 American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting. He was intrigued by the opportunities HVO offered—specifically, the opportunity to volunteer abroad for a full month and […]

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Health Volunteers Overseas: Top 5 Moments of 2018

In 2018, we continued our efforts to build health workforce capacity by connecting health workers in resource-scarce countries to education and professional development opportunities. We also explored new ways to share our mission and model with the global health community, including presenting at conferences, and partnering with the open-access online journal Frontiers to sponsor the Frontiers in Public […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: HVO Golden Apple Award Recipient George Meyer, MD

Dr. George Meyer gained his first experience practicing medicine internationally as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He served in Thailand, Japan, and Germany. Through these experiences, he and his wife, Lynn Meyer, RN, realized their shared love for traveling and living abroad. However, it was only after his time in the Air Force […]

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Points of Light: The Legacy of Our 41st President

As the country observes the passing of President George H. W. Bush, I would like to remember one of his enduring legacies, the Daily Points of Light Award.  President Bush was an optimist and he felt it was important to highlight acts of kindness and generosity across the country.  The award “honors organizations and individuals […]

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Positioning for Life

I’ve shared with you how small changes in behavior can have a significant impact. Another of those behavior changes was related to me by Kathy Clark, a pediatric physical therapist. Kathy was volunteering in Bhutan’s National Referral Hospital, where 3,500 babies are delivered each year, and where hundreds of pediatric cases are referred. Her work […]

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Support HVO on #GivingTuesday 2018

At Health Volunteers Overseas, we envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to high-quality, affordable care delivered by local providers. To achieve this vision, we rely heavily on the members of our global health community, including our volunteers, trainees, partners, sponsors, and supporters. Whether you donate your time as a volunteer, make a monetary […]

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Storytelling Matters – Help Us Shed Light on Health Disparities

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in San Diego. During the meeting, I attended several sessions focused on the utility of alternative research methods, including PhotoVoice and digital storytelling, in identifying and describing the root causes of health disparities. These presentations reminded me of […]

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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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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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26 March 2019