Interested in learning more about the breadth of issues in global health care? HVO has initiated a series of webinars focused on a variety of issues in global health – from new WHO initiatives, to innovative educational projects spearheaded by volunteers in these challenging times. The sessions run an hour in length, so they can be viewed during a lunch break. However, since we know that people have full schedules these days, we are also recording these sessions and will be posting them on the HVO YouTube channel.
We urge you to come back to this page and follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming webinars and to see what you might have missed.
Most Recent Session
COVID: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Education
The COVID pandemic presented both challenges and opportunities in global education. Three HVO on-site coordinators share their institutions’ pandemic experience as well as important considerations for overseas volunteers interested in returning to HVO project sites.
1. Recognize the impact of the pandemic on delivery of care worldwide.
2. Examine the effect of the pandemic on the delivery of educational programs for health professionals.
3. Recognize the ways in which virtual education can be leveraged to provide support.
4. Understand considerations for HVO volunteers returning to sites for overseas placements.
Moderator: Dr. Ankita Sagar, project director, internal medicine Costa Rica
Mr. Robert Sowa, physical therapy Ghana
Dr. José Alonso Acuña Feoli, internal medicine in Costa Rica
Mr. Duong Vibol, nursing, pediatrics, and hematology in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Manila Prak works with the USAID-Enhancing Quality of Healthcare Activity project, through FHI 360 Cambodia, where she is the Team Leader of Healthcare Regulation and Accreditation. FHI 360’s work in Cambodia focuses on human development goals with the most at-risk populations. Their health projects cover a wide spectrum of health needs from AIDS to malaria, and family planning to substance use. She also works on a volunteer basis as President of the Cambodian Association of Nurses which is actively involved as a co-facilitator for the ICN Leadership for Change Program for Cambodian Nurses.Richard Henker is on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and a practicing nurse anesthetist at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital. A member of HVO since 2004, he currently serves on the Board of Directors, and has been on the Steering Committee for nurse anesthesia, as well as a project director. He received the Golden Apple Award for his work with Cambodia.In 2014, Ms. Prak and Dr. Henker were key initiative members of the Technical Working Group of nurses in Cambodia that developed a core of guiding standards for nursing practice in Cambodia, which were then approved by the Ministry of Health and disseminated throughout the country.
Dashrath Kafle, BDS, MDS and Brian Hollander, DMD present: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) and International Volunteer Projects in times of COVID.” This course explains how an HVO volunteer program in Nepal adjusted to the travel barriers and implemented virtual education with US volunteers to continue the program during the pandemic.
Habib Ghaddar, MD, FACP and Elizabeth Schick, DDS, MPH present “Virtual Projects at HVO: Successes & Challenges.” Join Dr. Ghaddar and Dr. Shick to learn more about how their virtual projects were developed, what challenges they faced, and what contributed to their success.
Monika Mann, PT, MPH presented “An Introduction to WHO’s Rehabilitation 2030” which highlighted the WHO initiative designed to recognize the unmet global rehabilitation needs and the importance of incorporating rehabilitation in strengthened health systems.
Kiran Agarwal-Harding, MD, MPH presented “International Volunteerism, Research, and Education for Orthopaedic Capacity Building in Malawi”, based on his post-doctorate fellowship in the country.