Health Volunteers Overseas
WISH LIST: $100: 100 lbs of educational materials for a program site; $500: an LCD projector for use at a nursing school; $1000: a new computer and internet service for a medical library
When Health Volunteers Overseas was established in 1986, it initiated an 18-month training course for orthopedic clinical officers in Malawi, a country that had, at the time, not a single trained provider. Malawi now has over 45 orthopedic officers serving more than 9 million people. Indeed, HVO's educational programs operate in 25 developing countries, where US healthcare professionals, with years of clinical and teaching experience, (and a powerful desire to give back) provide health and medical education to their counterparts, improving the quality and quantity of healthcare where it is most desperately needed. Using a “trainer of trainers” model, each local professional trained by an HVO volunteer is empowered to train others, resulting in more skilled and compassionate caregivers and healthier, more productive communities. Anesthesia specialists in Belize, pediatric nurses in Uganda, physical therapists in Bhutan — all these make a huge difference to those who live in the poorest and most underserved nations in the world. More than 6,500 health volunteers have donated their time and expertise. Won’t you offer your caring support?
Nancy Kelly, MHS
1900 L Street NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036