For Immediate Release
Contact: April Pinner, Director of Program Design & Evaluation
Rita Feinberg Fellowship for Long-Term Volunteers
[Washington, DC, March 21, 2019] - Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of the Rita Feinberg Fellowship for Long-Term Volunteers. This new opportunity, funded by a generous grant from the Wyss Medical Foundation, is the first significant variation to the HVO volunteer model. It will enable HVO to meet requests from our partner institutions th at require volunteers for focused, long-term assignments at specific project sites.

While the core of HVO’s model relies on the utilization of short-term volunteers, HVO recognizes there are critical needs at many of our partner institutions that require longer volunteer placements to ensure effective, sustainable solutions. We have established the Rita Feinberg Fellowship to address these needs and to provide financial support to volunteers able to commit to assignments of 3-6 months in length.
 
“We’re delighted to offer this new opportunity, which will serve as an invaluable extension and complement to our on-going volunteer activities,” stated HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. “This fellowship allows us to respond to increasingly complex and nuanced challenges faced by our international partners. We think this is a wonderful tribute to Rita, who so generously committed her time and expertise to supporting HVO and our relationship with international partners.”
 
HVO is currently offering fellowships for four projects:
 
 
The Fellowship will cover round-trip airfare and housing costs, as well as assignment-related expenses such as visa, medical/nursing council registration, etc. In addition, the volunteer will receive a modest stipend to cover food, transportation, and other incidental costs while on assignment. 

For more information, please contact April Pinner
About Rita Feinberg
Rita Feinberg
HVO is honored to offer this long-term volunteer fellowship in memory of Rita Feinberg, a dedicated HVO board member and supporter who passed away in 2015. Ms. Feinberg worked in international development for over thirty years, and she was a passionate, vocal supporter of HVO’s mission. She pushed hard to ensure that projects were appropriate and sustainable and that relationships with our international partners were lasting. This fellowship is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Rita, who championed our commitment to strengthening health systems through education, training and mentorship.  

About Health Volunteers Overseas
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO fosters partnerships between institutions, local providers, volunteers and sponsor organizations, so that, together, we can address the global health workforce shortage. HVO recruits trained physicians, nurses, dentists, and allied health professionals to support their colleagues overseas through education, mentorship and inter-professional collaboration. Our volunteers train the next generation of providers while mentoring and working alongside those already in practice to support and sustain them in their work.

We invest in health workers, helping to build health system resilience and capacity to ensure all people will have access to high quality health care delivered by local health professionals.

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