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HVO has formed a variety of strategic alliances with organizations and companies that better enable us to fulfill our guiding mission to improve global health through education and training.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

As the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics works to provide reliable, evidence-based nutrition information, accredits undergraduate and graduate programs, credentials dietetic professionals, funds research and scholarships, and advocates for public policy. HVO has developed a strategic partnership with the AND Global Member Interest Group (GMIG). Through this alliance, HVO and the Academy’s GMIG will collaborate on the design and development of nutrition programs for HVO project sites, and identify qualified dieticians interested in volunteering.

AO North America

AO North America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of patient care in orthopaedic, craniomaxillofacial, spine, and veterinary surgery. Every year, AO North America funds two orthopaedic surgeons selected from HVO’s orthopaedics sites to attend a fracture management workshop conducted in Davos, Switzerland.

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

The American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) is an organization of pediatric nephrologists and affiliated health care professionals. ASPN’s primary goals are to promote optimal care for children with kidney disease through advocacy, education and research; and to disseminate advances in clinical practice and scientific investigation. ASPN’s subcommittee on global health seeks to provide opportunities for US pediatric nephrologists to broaden the scope of their clinical and academic activities by engaging in the educational and service delivery needs of communities in low resourced settings worldwide.

Better Evidence

Better Evidence, launched in 2009, helps health care providers serving vulnerable populations gain access to evidence-based clinical resources, such as the digital tool UpToDate, to ensure they have the best resources to diagnose, treat, and advise their patients. The result is better medical care for all. The Better Evidence program is a partnership between Ariadne Labs and organizations like HVO.

The Bhutan Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Bhutan Foundation works in five core areas: conservation of the environment, preservation of culture, equitable development, good governance, and creating greater awareness and understanding of Bhutan in the United States and around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to enable the people of Bhutan to reach their full potential by developing local capacity and facilitating global support. The primary focus of the Foundation, through all its program areas, is in building Bhutanese professional capacity while supporting the work of government and civil society partners.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Direct Relief’s assistance programs focus on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response. They are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Fund for Global Health

The mission of the Fund for Global Health, a non-partisan nonprofit, is to provide the maximum possible health benefit to vulnerable people in developing countries. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through a network of informed citizens advocating to improve US foreign assistance programs. Their advocacy agenda includes increasing funding for key global health priorities such as the fight against tuberculosis and the promotion of results-focused, poverty-oriented primary health care.

Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is an independent nonprofit organization with the goal of improving the health-related quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders throughout the world. It’s focused on reducing the social and financial cost of musculoskeletal disorders, empowering patients to make decisions about their care, improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for all patients, and advance research on prevention and treatment.

Global Health Workforce Network

The Global Health Workforce Network (formerly Global Health Workforce Alliance) operates within the World Health Organization as a global mechanism for stakeholder consultation, dialogue, and coordination on comprehensive and coherent health workforce policies in support of the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health.


Global-HELP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making knowledge about health care accessible worldwide. Utilizing cost-effective software and communications technologies now widely available, Global-HELP’s low-cost publications on relevant topics are designed to improve the quality of health in transitional and developing countries. HVO coordinates with Global-HELP in the recruitment of authors for these texts and in the distribution of these materials to health care providers in the countries HVO serves.

Global Impact

Global Impact serves and represents an alliance of more than 120 international relief and development nonprofit organizations. These organizations range from large agencies with worldwide recognition to charities providing vital services on a smaller scale. Rigorous membership standards ensure that each charity practices sound financial management and effective program delivery to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Membership in Global Impact gives HVO access to a national audience of potential donors who participate in national, state, and local workplace giving campaigns.

GLODERM – International Alliance for Global Health Dermatology

GLODERM is the International Alliance for Global Health Dermatology. Launched in 2019, the organization connects dermatologists, trainees, and health care providers who have an interest in advancing skin care in resource-scarce countries. This professional organization seeks to provide the international community a system to “identify and provide a cohesive response” to the dermatologic challenges posed in global health. Currently, there are eleven institutions that collaborate around the world. GLODERM offers virtual educational sessions, many of which are free, which address a wide range of dermatologic topics for trainees.

International Pediatric Nephrology Association

The International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) is a global, 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that believes that all children deserve to be healthy and receive optimal treatment and care for kidney disease. IIPNA was founded in 1974 and since then has worked tirelessly to create a unified and collaborative group of pediatric nephrologists around the world. Through education and the dissemination of information, IPNA and its members have helped advance the field of pediatric nephrology from a physiological discovery to the distinct specialty it is today. PNA has reached thousands of doctors worldwide through publications, fellowships, teaching courses, and meetings. IPNA’s mission is to lead the global efforts to successfully address the care for all children with Kidney disease through advocacy, education, and training.

International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) is a multidisciplinary organization comprised of persons with a professional interest in the clinical, educational, and research aspects of prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation engineering, and related areas. ISPO was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1970 by a group of surgeons, prosthetist-orthotists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and engineers to promote improvements in the care of all persons with neuromuscular and skeletal impairments.

ISPO is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and is in Official Relations with the World Health Organization. ISPO presently has 2800 members worldwide in 84 countries. The Executive Director of HVO is a member of the ISPO Open Board.

ISWP – International Society for Wheelchair Professionals

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP), launched in February 2015, serves as a global resource for wheelchair service standards and provision through advocacy, education, standards, evidence-based practice, innovation, and a platform for information exchange. ISWP’s vision is that all people who need wheeled mobility devices receive the appropriate products and services with dignity. Over 70 million people worldwide require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to repair them.

Oncology Nursing Society

ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.


Physiopedia is a UK-based charity that brings value to the global physiotherapy and physical therapy profession with its free and open knowledge resource. This community-edited, Wikipedia-style resource is now the largest physiotherapy website in the world. The site receives over 2 million visits from nearly every country in the world each month. In addition to providing this open knowledge resource, Physiopedia also provides free online courses. These courses reach all corners of the world and provide accessible education in places where professional development opportunities are scarce.

The Retired Physicians’ Association of TPMG

The Retired Physicians’ Association of the Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), consisting of the Northern California physicians and podiatrists who are part of the Kaiser Permanente family, began in 1948 under the leadership of Dr. Sidney Garfield and other founding fathers. As of 2014, Kaiser Permanente had almost 18,000 physicians nationwide, of whom about 9,000 are part of TPMG. Permanente physicians have held leadership positions in many medical societies and have contributed to important discussions at all levels regarding the future of American medical care.

SEA – Society for Education in Anesthesia

The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) is a nonprofit organization for anesthesiologists who strive to enhance their abilities and scholarly endeavors in the field of education. HVO coordinates with SEA to implement the SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship. Originally funded by Dr. Ronald L. Katz, these fellowships offer a fourth-year anesthesia resident the opportunity to volunteer for 3-4 weeks at an HVO anesthesia training site. Other donors have been identified to carry on the work started by Dr. Katz, who so generously supported this fellowship for many years. Anyone interested in donating for a named scholarship or a partial scholarship should contact HVO at or visit the SEA fellowship donation form.

WHO – World Health Organization

In the area of patient safety, the Clinical Procedures team in the Department of Essential Health Technologies at the World Health Organization assists countries in reducing the inappropriate use of clinical procedures and equipment. HVO volunteers have been involved in the development of training materials and programs.

World Telehealth Initiative

The World Telehealth Initiative is a nonprofit organization that seeks to leverage telehealth technology to bring medical experts to impoverished communities all over the world to provide core health care services which are otherwise unavailable. They aim to revolutionize global health care by providing access to the right treatment at the right time.

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Updated January 2022