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World Population Day

July 11 



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Notable Quote 


 "The local physicians know much more about the 'unusual' illnesses with which you must deal than you do- listen to them and sustain their good efforts."


-Joseph Herbert, MD


The HVO Legacy Circle 

The HVO Legacy Circle honors those who contribute to the future of HVO through a planned estate gift.

HVO Legacy Circle
If you would like information about becoming a member of the HVO Legacy Circle, please contact us.

Are you Talking about HVO? 

Let us know! We'd love to hear about the articles, papers and presentations of your work with HVO. 

If you're giving a talk or want to share HVO with your colleagues, we may be able to provide you with helpful materials.

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Book of Interest 
What Doctors Feel:  
How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
By Danielle Ofri, MD

List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $16.35

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There will be no August 2013 Net Connection, but we'll be back in September with a new look.

The Net Connection

July 2013 



We're highlighting a new book this month, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. While this is certainly a reality, not everyone is willing to acknowledge the strain that health care can make on the provider. Imagine the same stress that providers feel in the US, coupled with other strains - knowing a condition is treatable but not having the tools or medicines needed, or working against time with power outages and a lack of running water. These are the conditions under which many of our overseas colleagues work on a daily basis.


When HVO volunteers share their knowledge and skills, they bring so much more than just new information. They bring an understanding of the demands, the commitment, and the joy that are all a part of health care delivery. That professional understanding bridges cultures, builds trust, and develops deep and lasting friendships.


This summer, take some time for yourself and have a happy and relaxing holiday. You won't be receiving the HVO Net Connection in August, but we'll be back in September with a new, exciting look! 



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, Uganda 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.  
Internal Medicine 


Volunteers needed with expertise in HIV who can provide training on management, ART failure, and OI's as well as updates on recent advances. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. 
Please contact the program department for more information.


Costa Rica 

Sub-specialists in arthroscopy, arthroplasty, spine, trauma, hand, and pediatric surgery, as well as other areas are needed to train residents and staff in San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica. Assignments are 1 week. Please contact the program department for more information.


Orthopaedics (Nurse & Technician) 


Orthopaedic nurse and technician volunteers are needed to improve the knowledge and skills of orthopaedic floor nurses  and to assist surgeons in equipment organization and sterilization techniques at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Orthopaedic nurses must have 3 or more years of experience on an orthopaedic floor & continuing training in orthopaedics. Interested technicians should possess a background in sterile processing & equipment organization/maintenance. The assignment is one month. Some funding is available. For more information contact the program department. 


Nicaragua & Bhutan 

Spanish speaking pediatric subspecialists are needed in Nicaragua. Assignments a minimum of 2 weeks. Housing is available for approximately $50 a night at a local guest house.  Pediatric subspecialists are also needed in Thimphu, Bhutan during October and November 2013 and throughout 2014. Assignments are one full month. Volunteers provide training to physicians, residents, students, and other relevant staff. A pediatric cardiologist is especially desired. Contact the program department for more information.


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Upcoming Events

The WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) meeting will be held October 14-15, 2013 in Trinidad & Tobago. Learn more on the GIEESC website.

On November 1, 2013, at their Annual Session in New Orleans, the ADA will offer a 2.5 hour international volunteer course iDo, iTeach, iVolunteer. Participants will learn how effective international volunteerism can support lasting, sustainable improvements to the oral health of communities in need worldwide. The course is free, register today!


Other Opportunities

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

Global Strategies 

Monrovia, Liberia

Global Strategies is a California-based non-profit organization that works to improve clinical practices that will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia that are in the top five contributors to global deaths. There are openings for neonatal nurses, pediatric in-patient nurses, labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, board certified pediatricians, family practitioners and OB/GYNs in Monrovia, Liberia, for 6-week to 1-year assignments for the following projects:


  • Advancing Baby Care: supporting and equipping local nurses and providers to deliver essential components of maternal and child health
  • Advancing Baby Care Instruction:  improving the capacity of nursing schools to provide newborn care instruction for nursing students
  • Community Mother and Newborn Care:  identifying and referring at risk mothers and newborns for care


Interested applicants are requested to provide a CV, brief personal statement & two references with contact information. Applications & queries can be directed to . Learn more about Global Strategies on their website.


Lao Friends Hospital for Children  

Luang Prabang, Laos
Friends Without A Border (Friends) is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to  under-served children of Southeast Asia.

Currently, Friends is finalizing plans to build Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in Luang Prabang, Laos, in partnership with Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital (LPPH) and Health Department - estimated to open in Spring 2015. LFHC will become a teaching hospital and serve as the pediatric wing of LPPH.

Friends is currently seeking an Executive Director to run LFHC, as well as a Project Director to oversee the construction process.  Learn more by visiting their website.

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