January, 2023

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! There is much to celebrate during this time of new beginnings. Already, nearly seventy volunteers are scheduled to travel in 2023. In 2022, we increased our e-learning activities by 260% over the previous year, and we are excited for the ways in which we can continue to grow and expand this year. We are already building our capacity to share knowledge across sites using our Remote Educational Interfaces. In partnership with the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, we have created a network of dermatology professionals among five institutions in five countries. All are able to access the same materials and lectures and communicate with each other, increasing dialogue and opportunities for learning. One of the five institutions—in Nepal—used a volunteer’s recorded lecture to build a successful day-long workshop, incorporating a lecture viewing with other presentations and a question-and-answer session for both in-person and virtual attendees. We plan to create more opportunities like this one, taking advantage of our capacity to combine volunteer efforts with digital technology. 

We are still accepting applications for the SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship from senior anesthesia residents interested in a four-week teaching assignment at an HVO anesthesia project site. Round trip travel and a stipend are provided. The application is available on our website and is linked below. We are proud to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity and encourage all qualified applicants to submit as soon as possible.

On behalf of HVO, I extend our very best wishes for the new year, and we look forward to sharing many more stories of partnership as the year progresses. 

P.S. If you participated in any e-learning activities with HVO this year, please take a moment to fill out this 5 minute survey. If you have already done so, thank you!

Nancy A. Kelly, MHS
Executive Director
Volunteering Opportunities
Anesthesia, Cambodia/Laos is recruiting volunteers to participate in the development of pre-recorded lectures in anesthesia to be utilized across HVO sites. Additionally, volunteers may assist in the development of supporting educational materials and engage in live, online discussions, case presentations, or consultations. Interested volunteers should contact  Molly Moreau.
Internal Medicine, Costa Rica is recruiting volunteers to provide teaching and training in all topics with specific interest in hospital care, critical care, cardiac care, infectious diseases, kidney diseases, and acute exacerbation of chronic illnesses. Volunteers also have the opportunity to assist in the development of supporting educational materials and engage in live, online discussions, case presentations, or consultations through the HVO e-learning platform. Interested volunteers should contact Molly Moreau.
Oral Health, Nepal is recruiting volunteers to assist with a variety of lectures related to general dentistry, oral pathology, oral surgery, x-ray, endodontics, and orthodontics. Additional lecture topics are chosen based on the volunteer’s expertise. Opportunities are online with live lectures. Interested volunteers should contact Lauren Franklin.
Rehabilitation, Nepal is recruiting physical therapy volunteers with a minimum of five years of clinical experience and teaching expertise to assist with topics related to chronic disease management & mental health, as well as physical therapy in women & men's health. Opportunities are online with live lectures. Interested volunteers should contact Lauren Franklin.
What We're Following
Thousands of women in Malawi have benefited from the toll-free hotline known popularly as Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF). This “health centre by phone” service gives free health advice to pregnant women and parents of young children across the country.

The organization that has led the global effort to bring Covid vaccines to poor and middle-income countries will decide this week whether to shut down that project, ending a historic attempt to achieve global health equity with a tacit acknowledgment that the effort fell far short of its goal.

The population growth of Laos is colliding with poverty and outpacing the country's healthcare systems. Better sex education, and sexual health services, are desperately needed.

We Want To Hear From You!
Are you an HVO volunteer with a story to tell? We are always looking for stories, big and small, to share on our social media and HVO blog. If you have something you would like shared, please contact Danielle Stonehirsch.
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