December 2001 Bulletin

HVO improving quality of care in developing nations

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian volunteer organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through training and education.

HVO has more than 40 programs worldwide, including the 14 programs of Orthopaedics Overseas. The orthopaedic programs are in Bhutan; Cambodia; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Banepa, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Peru; the Philippines; St. Lucia; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; and Vietnam.

Orthopaedics Overseas has been training physicians in some of these nations for decades. The newest program is a two-year hand surgery training program in Honduras at the Hospital Tegucigalpa, an 800-bed teaching hospital. Volunteers, who must be members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, will be lecturing, making rounds, demonstrating clinical expertise and acting as consultants at the outpatient clinic.

For more information about this and other Orthopaedic Overseas programs, call the HVO office at (202) 296-0928 or visit their web site at

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