Regardless of our life circumstances, we all want to ensure good health and well-being for ourselves and our family. This seems like a basic goal, but if you don’t have access to quality health services, this goal can become insurmountable. Whether you are in need of vaccines, prenatal care, emergency surgery or rehabilitation after an accident, health care is fundamental to quality of life and essential for survival for all people, particularly those who live in the world’s poorest communities and countries.
That is why your support of HVO is so crucial. The world faces an acute shortage of health care providers – estimated to reach 18 million by 2030 – resulting in millions of people without access to care. Your donation to HVO will lead to more trained health workers providing quality care to their communities, and, ultimately, more individuals will receive the care they need because of your gift.
By supporting HVO, you become part of a community dedicated to empowering health workers with knowledge, skills and professional development opportunities. HVO fosters partnerships among institutions, local providers, volunteers and sponsor organizations. We connect people with one another and with the resources necessary to bring education and training to health workers in low- and middle-income countries, ensuring they can provide the best care possible in their own communities:
- In Kampala, Uganda, HVO’s pediatrics project has expanded care for vulnerable infants, children and adolescents. HVO volunteers fostered strong relationships with local providers, connecting them to others in the field of child health, and bringing new expertise and resources to the site. The results are more education opportunities for residents caring for newborns, specialized care for adolescents, and the creation of a diabetes clinic.
- With support from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, HVO volunteers provided training in palliative care to local cancer care providers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, palliative care improves quality of life for both patients and their families. This specialized training empowers patients and their care-takers to manage pain, physical symptoms, and psychological issues of illness so that they might carry-on in their daily lives.
- In Blantyre, Malawi, a young man named Kingsley (pictured above) suffered a spinal cord injury and needed support as he learned to navigate the world in a wheelchair. HVO volunteers taught local physical therapists to prescribe and fit wheelchairs, empowering Kingsley and other wheelchair users to engage more fully in community life.
- An anesthesia team from Siem Reap, Cambodia now provides clinical anesthesia training to students and health care professionals, transferring the knowledge and skills acquired from HVO volunteers to the next generation of care providers. They have become an in-country destination for other providers around Cambodia seeking additional training, and even work with providers from Laos, decreasing regional dependence on international expertise.
Each of these stories was made possible by the connections formed between HVO volunteers and their colleagues overseas – and by donors like you. You provide the resources to recruit and prepare volunteers; you support essential evaluation tools and activities that ensure our projects meet the needs of our overseas partners; and you make possible innovations that address the evolving education and mentorship needs of health workers at our project sites.
The global shortage of health workers is a significant challenge, but bringing skilled, safe and compassionate care to people around the world is possible if we draw on our greatest strength: the power of people working together. Please, join us.