Dear Friends,

In much of Asia, the Lunar New Year was just celebrated. As 2020 begins - the Year of the Rat, symbolizing wealth and abundance - our news cycle is, paradoxically, dominated by the spread of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. As the world responds to this global public health emergency, I am reminded of how important health workers are to our well-being.

The World Health Organization has named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, a long overdue acknowledgement of the vital role nurses play in our lives. At some of our most joyful and difficult health care moments, nurses are by our sides. Whether it is providing us with necessary education to properly manage our conditions or caring for our needs with compassion, nurses are there for us. 

To highlight this special year, we would love to share some of your nursing stories. If you have volunteered at an HVO site and have a particular story to share about the nursing staff, or about your own experience as a nursing volunteer, please share your story. There are some amazing nurses around the world, and we want to give our special thanks for all the work they do to keep us healthy and safe.

If you are a nurse and are thinking of volunteering, please check our website or reach out to our Volunteer Placement Coordinator.

Join me in thanking nurses - and health workers everywhere – for caring for patients and families in need.

Nancy A. Kelly
Executive Director
Nursing in Tanzania
Nursing staff at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania. Photo courtesy of HVO volunteer Rose McGrath, RN.

In the year of the nurse & midwife, we want to hear from you!
What We're Watching
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a list of urgent, global health challenges for the new decade. The challenges include elevating health in the climate debate, delivering health in conflict & crisis, making health care fairer, investing in the people who defend our health, and more.

HVO member Dr. David Spiegel has been a leader in international orthopaedic care for more than 20 years.

Read about his work and practical approach to volunteering in the January 2020 issue of AAOS Now.
Dr. Spiegel in Surgery
From how more carbon dioxide will affect crops to potential hikes in malaria and heat waves, Africa needs to understand more, fast, about its rising health risks, researchers say. 

Rwanda Countryside
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As an HVO volunteer, you are part of a network of more than 10,000 health professionals who have volunteered their time and expertise to teach, train and collaborate with local health providers in resource-scarce countries over the past 30+ years. We are seeking volunteers through 2020 in nearly all program areas ( click here to review the list of projects on our website).
If you share our vision of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to quality care, delivered by local professionals, and you are committed to lifelong learning, please apply now!
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