To address the global health workforce crisis, Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, recruits 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. We have built a global health community that is dedicated to improving working conditions for health workers by providing professional support and opportunity. We strengthen health systems by empowering local health workers, and stronger health systems lead to more patients served and more lives saved.
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. The organization currently operates 18 program areas, which encompass dozens of health specialties.
All of us have a role to play, whether by educating others and ourselves about the vast, unmet health care needs of vulnerable populations; by volunteering our time and expertise as health professionals; or, by supporting organizations dedicated to building health workforce capacity. Together, we can facilitate professional relationships and reinforce partnerships, harnessing a vital human resource – health care workers – to build the capacity of health systems and improve patient care.
to learn how you can become part of our global health community.