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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for HVO's

2013 Golden Apple Winners

They will be announced April 7, 2013
World Health Day!
 Golden Apple 

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 Notable Quote 


""I found that the HVO mantra of humility, compassion, patience and flexibility, was essential in building a strong relationship with my hosts.  I was not there to "lecture" but rather to assess the situation from multiple points-of-view, respect their opinions and move forward with a free and open exchange of ideas."  


 -Jon Kolkin, MD 

 Hand Surgery ∙ China


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HVO Legacy Circle
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Book of Interest

Why Nations Fail:  
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  By Daron Acemoglu &
James Robinson

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The Net Connection

April 2013 



April is a very notable month on the health calendar. April 25th is World Malaria Day, a day in which the world acknowledges that while much has been done to eliminate this scourge, and massive amounts of money have gone into research, treatment, and prevention, there are still about 200 million cases each year. WHO reports that worldwide, some 660,000 deaths are caused by malaria, with most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.


Another "silent killer" is high blood pressure, which contributes to half of all deaths from heart disease and stroke. WHO estimates that 40% of adults over age 25 have elevated blood pressure and many, particularly in developing countries, are unaware of the problem. This year, World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7th, will seek to raise awareness of the risks associated with high blood pressure and encourage people to get their pressure checked.


Of course, World Health Day is celebrated at HVO with the announcement of our Golden Apple Award honorees. Be sure to keep an eye out for our press release on April 7th with the names of these dedicated volunteers!


Have a healthy month!



Nancy A. Kelly, MHS
Executive Director  


HVO Volunteer Opportunities
For a complete list, please visit our programs webpage or call (202) 296-0928.  

Internal Medicine 


A radiologist is wanted to volunteer in Bhutan through the internal medicine program. Available months are currently June and July. Assignments are one full month. For information, please contact the program department.




Nurses experienced in pediatric ICU are needed for assignments in Siem Reap. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. Please contact the program department for more information.




Volunteers with oncology expertise (physicians, nurses, pharmacists) are needed for the oncology program in Hue from May 20-31.  Please contact the program department 
for more information. 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 


Surgeons are needed to provide training to oral and maxillofacial surgery undergrad and post-grad students at the School of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi and at the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Campus of PCEA Kikuyu Hospital. Assignments are 2 weeks and housing is provided. Please contact the program department for more information.



Ethiopia & Uganda 

General orthopaedists and sub-specialists are needed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 2-4 week assignments and Kampala, Uganda for 4 week assignments to train residents, medical students, orthopaedic assistants and physicians. Please contact the program department for more information.    


Physical Therapy


Physical therapy volunteers are needed to upgrade the clinical reasoning and clinical practice skills of Rwandan physiotherapists and physiotherapy educators in Kigali. All specialty areas are needed and volunteers should have academic or other teaching experience. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. Please contact the program department for more information.


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Upcoming Events

HVO will be exhibiting at the American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco from April 11-13, 2013. Visit HVO at booth #502 to learn about the opportunities for internists to share their skills internationally.


The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 38th Annual Congress is meeting in Washington, DC from April 25-27, 2013. Mark your calendar to visit the HVO booth (#343).


The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) 28th Spring Annual Meeting will be held May 31-June 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT. 


Visit the HVO booth (#6031) at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Annual Meeting from  

June 1-3, 2013 in Chicago.


HVO Fellowship Opportunity


Orthopaedic Traveling Fellowship

Applications for 2013 HVO Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowships are being accepted. This Fellowship will provide funding for senior orthopaedic residents (4th or 5th year) to volunteer at an active HVO orthopaedic project for a period of at least four weeks. Four fellowships are available in 2013. Visit the HVO Fellowship webpage to learn more. Applications are due April 20, 2013.


Other Opportunities

Please note: These opportunities are through independent organizations and are not run by or affiliated with Health Volunteers Overseas


The Handa Emergency Hospital

Battambang, Cambodia

Volunteers from a range of key disciplines are needed to contribute to high quality trauma care and new internal medicine services by supporting training of Cambodian medical professionals. Volunteer internal medicine physicians, radiologists, radiology technicians, pharmacists, and clinical laboratory professionals will all play a key role in strengthening this facility and new departments, which has been the regional center of trauma surgery for nearly 15 years. The ideal volunteers to support the international team will be passionate about transferring skills to enthusiastic young doctors and support staff. Time periods are negotiable, with a three month minimum commitment preferred. For more information, visit the Handa Foundation website or contact Handa Medical Director, Dr. Cameron Gifford.


Bir Hospital

Kathmandu, Nepal

National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Bir Hospital in Kathmandu is seeking specialists in endocrinology, particularly reproductive endocrinology, to volunteer for several weeks to assist with staff teaching and training. To learn more about Bir Hospital, visit their website. Interested volunteers should contact the coordinator of the DM (Diabetes & Endocrinology), Prof. Madhur Dev Bhattarai for details. 



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