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The AAWC Global Volunteers program is dedicated to bringing the science of wound and lymphedema care to the under-served in developing countries. AAWC is a proud sponsor of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), a nonprofit organization that gives our members opportunities to provide hands-on training, resources, and mentorship to local health care providers so that they gain the confidence and skills needed to better serve their patients. HVO seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries.

HVO is seeking volunteers for two wound care projects:

1. A newly launched project at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital in Kampot, Cambodia

At Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital (SKMH), HVO volunteers will work with medical students, bedside nurses, nurse educators, and managers, physicians and surgeons to improve the quality of wound care assessment and treatment. Longer-term goals include the establishment of a nurse-run wound care clinic, as well as a home care program. In addition, there are plans to develop a comprehensive wound care educational curriculum in conjunction with the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope (SHCH). This curriculum will be submitted to the Cambodian Nursing Board for review and approval.

HVO is seeking to place board-certified wound specialists with a minimum of 5 years of practical experience, as well as some teaching experience. Accepted volunteers include active or retired physicians, nurses, podiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and researchers specialized in wound care and lymphedema management. Prior international experience is helpful given that this site is located in a fairly remote province of Cambodia. Assignments are one to four weeks.

2. An updated project at Duncan Hospital in Raxaul, India

HVO volunteers to Duncan Hospital in Raxaul, India will work with nursing students, as well as staff nurses and physicians to provide training in wound management. HVO volunteers will provide lectures, as well as hands-on training to educate students and staff in wound care techniques, principles and protocols, and facilitate the application of this knowledge inpatient care.

HVO is seeking licensed, active or retired nurses or physicians. Nurses (RNs) with experience in wound care are preferred. Physicians in primary care with wound care experience, as well as physicians specializing in general surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery or trauma surgery are also accepted. Clinicians must have a current professional license. Assignments are one to four weeks, with four weeks preferred, and are generally scheduled in February, March, October or November.

To start the volunteer placement process, complete the HVO volunteer application or
contact Kim Rodgers.

HVO’s wound care projects are supported by the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.