For Immediate Release
Health Volunteers Overseas
Media Contact: Katie McMullen
HVO Welcomes British Society for Haematology as Sponsor
[March 15, 2018]  - Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to welcome the British Society for Haematology (BSH) as a new sponsor and partner in improving global health. BSH brings hematology professionals together to transform care for patients. They will provide essential support for HVO’s hematology program.
“This collaboration with HVO provides an exciting new opportunity for the BSH to support hematology colleagues in developing countries through short-term volunteer placements,” commented Professor Imelda Bates, Chair of the BSH Global Haematology Committee. “It will bring hematology professionals together to raise the standards of clinical care and laboratory practice, especially in countries with limited health care resources.”

Hematology-related diseases such as anemia, malaria, sickle cell disease and blood cancers contribute substantially to disease burden in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), anemia affects 1.62 billion people globally. Cancer – including blood cancers - is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with numbers estimated to continue increasing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

“We are delighted to welcome BSH to HVO’s global community,” remarked HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. “As the burden of non-communicable diseases grows, HVO’s hematology program seeks to expand the knowledge and information available to health workers in resource-scarce countries to identify, treat and, where possible, prevent hematology-related disease. BSH and its members will provide essential education and professional opportunity to hematology care providers around the world.”

The British Society for Haematology has been bringing hematology professionals together since 1960 to transform the care provided to patients. With over 1700 members worldwide, BSH is the largest UK hematology organization and the only society to cover all aspects of the specialty. Learn more at

BSH will join long-time HVO sponsor American Society of Hematology in supporting HVO's hematology program.
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 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 find out how to become part of our global health community.
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