Health Volunteers Overseas

Project:      HEMATOLOGY
Location:   Catholic University and Carlos Alberto Sequin Escobedo Hospital, Arequipa, PERU
Contact:     Dinah Girma, Volunteer Coordinator
[December 15, 2015] - Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of a new hematology project in Arequipa, Peru. HVO volunteers will work with students, residents and clinicians at Catholic University of Santa Maria, Arequipa (CU) and its partner hospital, Carlos Alberto Sequin Escobedo Hospital, to improve their knowledge in the study, diagnosis, and management of hematologic disease and improve their care of patients diagnosed with hematologic disease.

HVO's project will help CU and its partner hospital to develop their assessment process for hematology students, residents, and clinicians. It will also improve care of patients by helping staff and students to interpret the peripheral smears and bone marrows for patients with hematologic disease, develop precise protocols and treatment guidelines for blood banking and transfusion, and develop precise protocols and treatment guidelines for hematologic malignancies and benign hematology.

Through didactic instruction, hands-on clinical training, mentorship, continuing education, modification or preparation of teaching materials, attending rounds, and other methods of education, HVO volunteer activities will complement and reinforce each other in accomplishing project goals and objectives.

HVO hematology projects are supported by our sponsor, the American Society of Hematology.
HVO is currently seeking pediatric and adult hematology/oncology clinicians and laboratory-based scientists for the Peru project. Volunteers must be board-certified in hematology and/or blood banking. Individuals with a PhD must be certified in hematopathology or pathology with demonstrated experience in hematopathology.  Experienced volunteers who are retired and no longer hold a current license may provide didactic training only. Final-year fellows are eligible to volunteer but must be accompanied by a fully credentialed hematologist.

Volunteers must be members of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and HVO. Previous international travel or work experience is preferred. Some Spanish is helpful but not a requirement. Assignments are 2-4 weeks with approximately 10 volunteers recruited per year. Volunteers are not recruited from mid-December through March or the week of Easter 
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Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by empowering health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained health care professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. Visit to learn how you can become part of our global health community.