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New Resource
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 Notable Quote 


"In summary, my time here was focused on the students and providing them with learning opportunities, as they are the future clinicians. I feel that time was well spent in giving them a solid foundation on which to make a living, and to positively influence the PT profession in Bhutan. This assignment was a fascinating and unique experience, and I would without hesitation return to this site again."


-Mike Tabasko, MSPT, OCS 

 Physical Therapy Bhutan


Mr. Tabasko also recently published the article, "Why We Volunteer" on ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine.  We highly recommend reading his insightful reflection about how volunteers make an impact overseas.


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The HVO Legacy Circle 
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HVO Legacy Circle
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Volunteer Connection 
The Volunteer Connection, Summer 2013
In the summer 2013 edition, read about the unsung heroes of HVO - our on-site coordinators!

Visit the HVO website to view the latest edition.

The Net Connection

May 2013 



As May rolls around, popular media urge us to honor our mothers with flowers, cards, and gifts. At HVO, I like to think that we acknowledge women (mothers, prospective mothers, and those who nurture us in so many other ways) in a more sustainable manner - through better health care.  


It is very hard to provide care for a family or a community if your own health is in jeopardy. Women in developing countries are frequently neglected when it comes to health care, proper nutrition and education. This is particularly true in cancer care, as women often do not report to a clinic until the disease has progressed too far for treatment. Among women in developing countries, cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer death.


HVO has programs addressing the needs in gynecologic oncology in Honduras and Vietnam. Both programs recognize the multi-disciplinary approach to oncology care and have been extremely well-received.


This Mother's Day, please give thanks to your mother and the women in your life who have provided nurturing and then consider helping women around the world, either through volunteering or through a contribution to HVO's transforming work.


Happy Mother's Day!  



Nancy A. Kelly, MHS
Executive Director  


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


Volunteers are needed in Kampala to provide training on both the clinical and laboratory-based aspects of hematology to undergraduate medical and laboratory science students, postgraduates and fellows, and staff. Assignments are 2-4 weeks.  Please contact the program department for more information.
Orthopaedics & Hand Surgery 


Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments in 2013. Volunteers provide teaching and training to surgeons at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. Those specializing in trauma, pediatrics, and hand surgery are needed. Please contact the program department for more information.    


Wound Care (Pediatric)  


Volunteers with experience in pediatric wound care are needed at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. Volunteers can be physicians, nurses, or rehabilitation providers specializing in wound care with experience in pediatrics. Assignments are 2-4 weeks from November - March. Please contact the program department for more information.


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Upcoming Events

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.


New Resource

The Lancet is launching a new open-access journal: The Lancet Global Health.


"Building on the foundation of The Lancet as a champion of global health research this new journal will publish high-quality original research, commentary, correspondence, and blogs on many subjects as they pertain to low and middle-income countries."


Learn more about the new journal and its call for papers by visiting their website.  


Have you seen the
Discussion Boards?

With a board for every specialty area, members can post questions, comment on other posts and make general suggestions for new volunteers to HVO or a particular program site.    

If you are a current member of HVO, and have not received a new log-in for this site, please contact the HVO offices
for access.

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