HVO, a non-profit independent organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is a network of health care professionals, organizations, corporations and donors united in a common commitment to improving global health through education. HVO is the leader in providing hands-on, volunteer-driven clinical education programs in developing countries. These programs are designed to empower local health care providers by strengthening their capacity to deliver timely and appropriate health care.
HVO was chosen for inclusion in the 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.” Selected from a field of over 250 organizations, HVO’s work was cited for its excellence, cost-effectiveness and impact.
HVO is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through training and education.
HVO accomplishes its mission by sending highly qualified and committed health care professionals on short-term assignments to more than 60 different sites world-wide. HVO volunteers not only teach, but also guide curriculum design, influence national health policy and promote realistic health interventions using appropriate technology.
HVO currently has more than 80 programs in 26 developing nations. These programs are staffed by fully trained and credentialed health care professionals from the United States and Canada who volunteer their time and expertise.
HVO programs address the global human resource crisis that exists in the health sector and which is greatest in developing countries. These countries do not have the resources to devote to the education (and continuing education) of health care providers. The inadequate workforce means that many countries are unable to provide basic health services, especially to the poor.