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September 2013

We hope you enjoy this new version of the HVO Net Connection. Our goal is to provide you with useful information about HVO volunteer work, global health, and ways you can get involved. We still have information about volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, and now we'll feature an HVO success story - a chance for us to share the work of our volunteers, partners overseas and/or supporters who are making an impact in global health. We will also feature a volunteer photo every month.

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a special new campaign that HVO is launching today. Thanks to a partnership with, HVO can now accept frequent flyer mile donations to help support our programs. Click Donate Miles to learn more.

If you would like to contribute photos, success stories or global health information for an upcoming Net Connection, please contact us. We would love to hear from you! Thank you, and have a wonderful month!





Nancy A. Kelly, MHS

Executive Director

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Dates of Interest
Building Resilience
Click to view the
2012 Annual Report



Recommended Read:

Building Partnerships in the Americas:
A Guide for Global Health Workers
by Margo J. Krasnoff

New on KnowNET:
WHO Resources 
This KnowNET page features some of the top World Health Organization (WHO) resources about teaching & training to improve global health. 
Have a recommended read or new resource for the KnowNET?
Contact the HVO office.


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EventsUpcoming Events


Orlando, Oct. 10-12
Visit booth 1309 in the AAOMS Membership Pavilion to chat with HVO staff about volunteering with our oral & maxillofacial surgery program.

GIEESC Meeting
Trinidad & Tobago, Oct. 14-15
The WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care will convene its 5th Biennial Meeting.

New Orleans, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Visit booth 610 to learn about volunteer opportunities in dentistry.

New Orleans, Nov. 1
Sign-up for iDo, iTeach, iVolunteer to learn how effective international volunteerism can support sustainable improvements in global oral health. The course is free, register today!

Other Opportunity

These volunteer opportunities come from independent groups & are not affiliated with HVO.

Friends Without a Border

Luang Prabang, Laos 

Friends is currently seeking an Executive Director to run the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, as well as a Medical Education Director.  Learn more by visiting their website. 


Click the map to view where in the world you can volunteer with HVO projects.

DonateMilesYour Miles Can Transform Lives!
You can now donate your frequent flyer miles to support HVO programs


Thanks to a new partnership with, HVO supporters can now use their frequent flyer miles to support HVO! If you have unused miles with American Airlines, United, U.S. Airways, Virgin America or Alaska Air, you can now donate them to HVO.

Just visit and click "Contribute Now." All you need is your frequent flyer account information. The site will let you know how many miles you have to donate - and will give you the choice of how many miles you'd like to contribute. You can even give your ready-to-expire miles - it's a great way to make sure the miles you've earned are put to good use!

Visit to donate today!

No miles to spare? You can still make an impact - just share! Share our page with your friends, family and colleagues and give them the opportunity to improve global health through a mileage donation. 

Contact with questions.
VolunteerWe Need You
Volunteer with HVO! Here are just a few openings we have available. Visit our website for a full program list.

Emergency Medicine 


Emergency Medicine physicians needed for Dec 2013. For more information contact the program department




Hematologists, especially hematopathologists, are needed this fall. Contact the program department for more information.


Nurse Anesthesia  


Nurse anesthetists needed for one month assignments (Jan & Feb 2014). Contact the program department for more information.




Oncology nurse needed for the week of Oct 7, 2013 to take part in a team visit. Contact the program department for more information.



Bhutan - Nurse & Technician 

Funding available for an orthopaedic nurse & a technician to volunteer for one month in the orthopaedic department at the National Referral Hospital. For more information contact the program department.



Orthopaedists need for fall & winter 2013. For more information contact the program department.




Pediatric sub-specialists needed in Siem Reap. Specifically, physicians with expertise in emergency & critical care Oct 2013-Jan 2014, cardiology May-July 2014 & infectious diseases Aug-Nov 2014.Contact the program department for more information.


Physical Therapy 


Physical Therapist needed for an assignment Jan-April, 2014. Contact the program department for more information.
SuccessStoryExpanding Capacity
HVO has launched 12 new projects this year


Doctors on Rounds in Costa Rica (Oncology)
By teaching and training local health care providers, HVO volunteers are working to expand the in-country capacity of developing nations to meet the current and future health care needs of patients. In 2013, our mission to improve global health through education has led to the launch of 12 new capacity-building projects.

With a dozen new projects, HVO has stretched its global reach to new countries like Bolivia, Belize, Kenya and Myanmar, as well as expanded linkages in countries with an HVO presence already. Through new sponsors, such as the American College of Cardiology and the American Association for Hand Surgery, and HVO's long-established partnerships, our portfolios in trauma care and rehabilitation, oral health, safe surgery, hematology, and nurse education have expanded. In oncology, partnerships with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology have enabled HVO to double its cancer care portfolio, now working in six countries throughout South and Central America, Africa and Asia.

While each new program is tailored to the needs of our in-country partners, they all share HVO's focus on education to improve the quality and availability of care for those who need it most.

They also all share a need for volunteers. We encourage you to visit the KnowNET to read reports from recent volunteers to the sites and learn more about the new projects, or contact the HVO office  to find out about our volunteer needs.  


...and be sure to keep an eye out for even more project announcements to come!  


  Do you have an HVO success story to share?
Tell us about it!
FeaturePhotoFeature Photo

HVO volunteers Drs. Ravish Kapoor & Andrea Tsai pose with students of the master of nurse anesthesia project in Ethiopia

Students in Ethiopia

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