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October 2013

I recently attended the memorial service for a family friend, who was 90. He had a long, happy marriage, a healthy family, and an active, fulfilling life. There was much for which to be grateful.


I contrast that with the lives of so many in the developing countries where HVO works. High rates of under-five mortality, lives torn apart by war or natural disasters, trauma-related disabilities which go untreated, poor nutrition that results in decayed teeth, cancers that go undetected until too late...all of these are situations that our local colleagues face on a regular basis. Their commitment to pursue education in health care is not only admirable, but inspiring. HVO is committed to assisting them with training, mentoring, and professional support.


Please join our efforts, by becoming an HVO member, by volunteering, or by contributing financially. Our colleagues and their patients count on your support!




Nancy A. Kelly, MHS

Executive Director

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IRA Charitable Rollover


A tax act earlier this year allows Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rollovers to charitable organizations like HVO through Dec. 31, 2013.  Individuals who are age 70 or older can make tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 per taxpayer from IRAs (either traditional or Roth) that are transferred to charities. For more information on this opportunity please consult your tax and/or financial advisers.

Remember this opportunity expires December 31, 2013 


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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.

HVO at ASHT Annual Meeting 

Chicago, Oct. 24-26

Visit HVO in the ballroom foyer, adjacent to the ASHT member booth to learn about HVO's hand therapy volunteer opportunities.

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 (code: 6336) to learn how effective international volunteerism can support sustainable improvements in global oral health. The course is free, register today!



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Giving through the Workplace

Workplace Giving Campaigns and Matching Gift Programs Help Improve Global Health


Each year, HVO participates in Graduates of the RTTP program in Haitilocal, state, and private workplace giving campaigns across the country, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and United Way. These campaigns allow employees to designate a gift directly from their paycheck to HVO, supporting efforts to transform lives through improved global health care.


Many workplaces also offer matching gift programs - meeting and sometimes even doubling the donations of their employees. By informing your employer of your contribution, you can significantly increase the impact of your gift. Each workplace has its own policies and procedures, so be sure to consult your company policy today to see if your donations to HVO qualify for matching gifts.


Workplace donors make a sizeable contribution to HVO. With their support, life-saving health care techniques are taught & perfected by hundreds of health care providers who serve the most disadvantaged populations.


Check with your workplace to see if they participate in a workplace giving campaign or matching gift program. CFC #12147, United Way #0342 

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



Nurses with a master's degree or certified adult/family nurse practitioners are needed for 2-4 week assignments in winter 2013 & spring 2014. For more information contact the program department.



Nurses with a master's degree or higher are needed for 2-4 week assignments in the spring 2014. For more information, contact the program department.


Oncology Nursing

Tanzania, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Honduras, Vietnam

Oncology nurses are needed for 1-4 week assignments throughout 2013 and 2014. Contact the program department for more information.


Oral Health 


Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are needed for 2 week assignments in 2014. For more information, contact the program department.

Dentists are needed for 2 week assignments for winter 2013 and spring 2014. For more information, contact the program department.




Sub-specialists needed for 1 month assignments from December 2013 to February 2014. For more information contact the program department.



Volunteers with trauma, pediatrics, and/or plastic surgery, and/or hand surgery experience are needed. For more information contact the program department.




Pediatricians needed in Kampot. Contact the program department for more information.


Physical Therapy 


Fully licensed physical therapists with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience are needed for 2-4 week assignments in winter 2013 and spring 2014. Contact the program department for more information.
SuccessStoryProfessional Collaboration
An HVO oral health volunteer improves global health, collaborates with overseas colleagues.


Dr. Karl Woodmansey instructs students in Tanzania

In May 2012, Dr. Karl Woodmansey traveled to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He was tasked with providing endodontic instruction to students at Muhumbili School of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). According to Dr. Woodmansey's report, he presented hours of lectures and pre-clinical laboratory training. He also provided continuing education opportunities to faculty colleagues at the MUHAS School of Dentistry, offering presentations to train the trainers with hours of "symposium" presentations to the entire dental school faculty.


Along with his work teaching and training, Dr. Woodmansey found an opportunity to collaborate with faculty of the school to write and publish a paper on a unique case he encountered during a training session. He and his onsite colleagues, Drs. Severine and Lembariti published a paper on the giant calculus in the May/June 2013 volume of General Dentistry - the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. This collaboration demonstrated another essential aspect of the work of HVO volunteers - empowering their peers overseas through professional development and exchange.


HVO volunteers serve not only as a source of education and skill-building, they provide essential professional development for overseas health workers. Time and again, HVO receives reports from volunteers stating that their experience abroad was rewarding, not just because of the lessons they taught and the knowledge they leave behind - though incredibly important - but because of the relationships they formed and the camaraderie they find in the mutual language of health care. These professional relationships are an essential part of HVO volunteer work and contribute to a long-term vision of improved global health care.


Heading to the AAOMS Annual Meeting or the ADA Annual Session this October? Be sure to visit HVO's booth to learn more about our oral health opportunities! See "EVENTS" for more details.



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HVO volunteer Dr. Eugenio Beltran poses with graduates of the Dental Public Health program in Cambodia
HVO volunteer poses with graduates of DPH Project, Cambodia

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