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December 2013



In this season of giving and sharing, it is sometimes difficult to find the right gift for someone. A wonderful gift, in any season, is a simple "thank you" to acknowledge and appreciate the difference someone has made. HVO Tribute gifts are a special way to thank mentors, colleagues, friends, patients, and family and let them know you are grateful.


Those gifts of thanks, in turn, help support HVO projects and truly make an impact on patient care. In your holiday preparations this year, please consider a gift that keeps on giving, and thank someone special with an HVO Tribute gift. The benefits are priceless!


Best wishes for a healthy, happy holiday season!





Nancy A. Kelly, MHS

Executive Director

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IRA Charitable Rollover


A tax act passed earlier this year allows Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rollovers to charitable organizations like HVO. 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, please consult your tax and/or financial advisers. This opportunity expires Dec. 31, 2013. 



Recommended Read:

Growing Up Global:
Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
by Homa Sabet Tavangar


Found on KnowNET:
Volunteer Trip Reports.
For each project, you can view the reports of previous volunteers. You can start by visiting  HVO Program Information and selecting your specialty area
Have a recommended read or new resource for the KnowNET?
Contact the HVO office.
EventsUpcoming Events
New Orleans, Dec. 7-9
Visit booth 2510 to learn about volunteer opportunities in hematology.

Volunteer Course at ASH Annual Meeting
Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities for hematologists. The meeting will be in room 207 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This session requires no ticket and is open to all meeting attendees.
Other Opportunity


The Association Médicale Franco Asiatique (AMFA) promotes medical cooperation & clinical exchanges with Asian countries; the AMFA is part of HVO's strategic alliance with World Orthopaedic Concern. Visit their website to view their annual report.

Shop to Improve Global Health! 


Are you planning to do your holiday shopping online this year? Be sure to start on the HVO website. By using our portal (located on the left side of the screen), a percentage of your purchase will be donated to HVO!  

Looking for your next volunteer opportunity? 

Click the map to find a project that is right for you!


HVO Membership Impact

HVO membership has a major role is the success of HVO programs & projects 

Health Volunteers Overseas has been a membership organization since it began in 1986. Membership originated as a mechanism for health care professionals to invest in sustainable improvements to global health, support the organization financially, and declare a commitment to HVO's mission.

Membership with HVO continues in much the same way today. With approximately 2,000 active members, this group provides the base for nearly 55% of the organization's financial support. Every volunteer, committee member and project director commits to membership with the organization, and a number of health care professionals join with the intention of volunteering in the future.

Health Volunteers Overseas is grateful for the commitment and active participation of our members. Their dedication to HVO's mission - to provide training and education to health providers in developing countries - has led to 27 years of professional opportunity for health providers working in the most difficult circumstances overseas, and, ultimately, improved quality and availability of health care for the ill and injured globally. Thank you!

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



Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments in spring 2014. For more information, contact the program department.



Volunteers needed for 1-2 week assignments in the winter and spring. For more information contact the program department.


Emergency Medicine  


Volunteers are needed for one month assignments in the fall 2014. Contact the program department for more information.




Volunteers needed to provide training to undergraduate medical and lab science students, postgraduates, fellows and staff. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. Contact the program department for more information.


Nurse Anesthesia 


Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments in the winter and spring. For more information, contact the program department.



Tanzania & Malawi 

Sub-specialists needed for 2-4 week assignments in 2014. For more information contact the program department.


Physical Therapy 


Respiratory therapy specialists needed for 1-2 month assignments in the spring 2014. Contact the program department for more information.
SuccessStoryGHWA-WHO Release New Report
'A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce' highlights need for sustainable change


The Global Health Workforce  

Alliance (GHWA) is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations dedicated to identifying, implementing and advocating for solutions to the human resource crisis in health. In November, the Alliance hosted the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, under the patronage of the Government of Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).


On the first day of the forum, the GHWA released the Executive Summary of a new report - A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce. The GHWA Secretariat and the World Health Organization commissioned the report to consolidate the latest information available on human resources for health, with the intention to inform the global community and discuss how to attain, sustain and accelerate progress on universal health coverage. The full report is due for release soon.


Among the many findings of the report, the executive summary highlighted the need to keep health workers motivated in an enabling environment.  


While HVO's focus on meeting local needs leads to varied goals among our projects, one is common to all: provide opportunity for professional development that will empower local providers. The GHWA report reinforces the importance of this goal as HVO works to address the global shortage of health workers through sustainable change.


If you would like to review the executive summary or find updates on the release of the full report, visit the GHWA website


Do you have an HVO or global health story to share?  
Tell us about it!
FellowshipFellowship Opportunities


Applications for the 2014 Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) - Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) Traveling Fellowships are now being accepted. Senior anesthesia residents interested in spending 3-4 weeks teaching at an HVO anesthesia site in a developing country are invited to apply. Applications are due Feb. 3, 2014.


Visit the HVO fellowship webpage to learn more. 

FeaturePhotoFeature Photo
HVO volunteer Margo Hudson, MD reviews cases with Dr. Rin - the new head of
the diabetes clinic at the
Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE - and one of her colleagues.

HVO Volunteer & Cambodian Colleagues

Health Volunteers Overseas
1900 L St, NW * Suite 310 * Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-0928 *

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