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July 2014

Dear Friends,   


HVO is pleased to announce the launch of a new website! We welcome you to take a few minutes to browse the site, which you can still find at  


Our goal was to create a space that is easy to explore - where you can learn more about our projects, opportunities for volunteering, ways to donate, and how to become a member. Most importantly, we wanted to create new and better ways to show the amazing work of our volunteers, partners, and supporters as they strive to improve global health through education. There are many great photos and a new blog, where we'll be highlighting volunteer experiences, information from our sites, and more.


I hope you have the opportunity to visit the site and give us your feedback about what you find. And if you have a great story or picture to share from your own work with HVO, we hope you will share it with us


Have a healthy and fun July 4th celebration!





Nancy A. Kelly, MHS

Executive Director


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Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan
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FellowshipsFunding & Fellowship Opportunities

AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellows

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) will fund R3, R4, R5, fellows and surgeons within three years of completing their fellowship to volunteer at a HVO project site for a minimum of 4 weeks. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.



AAWC Grants Available

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) will fund five $1,500 grants for AAWC members to travel to HVO Wound & Lymphedema project sites in 2014. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.




BlogThe HVO Blog

A new way to share the HVO story and volunteer impact

Visit the HVO Blog

Over the years, HVO volunteers have shared a number of amazing stories about the impact that their work has had on local health providers in developing countries and the patients they serve. We are proud of their work and know their stories have a great deal to offer the global health community.


That is why, along with the new HVO website, we have launched the HVO Blog. With this weekly news source, HVO can share updates with our members and highlight the impact of our volunteers for a wider community. 


The HVO Blog will allow us to tell the stories of HVO. Stories like that of Kingsley - a young Malawian who was taught life-changing wheel chair mobility skills by physical therapy students thanks to the guidance and encouragement of an HVO volunteer. Or perhaps we can share tales like that of the three year old boy in Honduras who was receiving transfusions his whole life, but, after an HVO volunteer worked with his local colleagues on diagnostics and treatment, received a new diagnosis that didn't require frequent transfusions.


There are so many tales like that of Kingsley and the young boy, and we are thrilled that we will be able to share them through this new medium. It will also provide the opportunity for our audience to share their thoughts and comments.


We hope you will follow our blog and, if you have your own HVO impact story to tell, send it along so that we might feature your good works as well.


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




Volunteers needed for fall and winter 2014 assignments. For more information please contact Andrea Moody.


Emergency Medicine
Volunteers needed for fall and winter 2014 assignments. For more information please contact Andrea Moody.


Special Volunteer Request - OB/GYN

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

OB/GYN volunteers needed for cervical cancer screening project involving 1000 women and including training health professionals at Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope (SHCH) and conducting evaluation and dissemination of the findings to inform the emerging national cancer prevention strategies.  


Using visual inspection with acetic acid to diagnose cervical abnormalities, SHCH will have the staff capacity and facilities available to treat many positive cases immediately using cryotherapy. Culposcopy and LEEP equipment is available. Patients with complex or advanced cases can be treated through SHCH's surgical teams or with referrals and follow-up.  Assignments are 2-4 weeks. For more information, please contact the HVO program department.

HVO recruits volunteers throughout the year. 
Visit our website for a complete list of our projects.

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