For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Katie McMullen
Phone: 202-296-0928 ext. 125
HVO Welcomes Oncology Nursing Society  as Sponsor
[Washington, DC - January 31, 2017 Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to welcome the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) as a new sponsor and partner in improving global health care. ONS is dedicated to improving quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. They will provide essential support for HVO’s oncology program.
“ONS is excited to support the efforts of Health Volunteers Overseas,” states ONS President Sue Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN. “Through HVO, ONS members and other health care professionals have the opportunity to share their professional expertise, educate health care professionals, and learn about health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Research shows that nurses provide 80% of all health care in LMICs, so this is an important opportunity for ONS members and other nurses to volunteer and impact cancer care globally.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012. The WHO predicts the number of new cases will rise by 70% over the next two decades.

“We are delighted to welcome ONS to HVO’s global community as we seek to support and expand the oncology nursing workforce in resource-scarce countries,” remarked HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. “Nurses are crucial members of the cancer care workforce, and the growing incidence of cancer in low- and middle-income countries demonstrates a critical need to support and expand this workforce. ONS and its members will help provide essential education and professional opportunity to oncology nurses around the world.”
ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at .

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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 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 their global health community.
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