Advocacy & Health Policy: Health Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda and Vietnam

Global volunteer opportunities are now available for ACOG Fellows through a unique partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). This partnership is part of a presidential initiative from ACOG’s immediate Past President Tom Gellhaus, MD, to make short-term projects easily accessible for ACOG members.

Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by empowering health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities.

On May 25, HVO launched two new obstetrics and gynecology projects in Uganda and Vietnam.

For one week, HVO volunteers will deliver continuing education courses and simulation sessions, as well as coordinate journal clubs to improve the knowledge and skills of ob-gyn faculty, clinicians, and trainees at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

Volunteers may also provide clinical and surgical training in the areas of laparoscopy, ultrasound, operative vaginal delivery, pudendal anesthesia, fetal heart rate monitoring, and other areas, as requested. In addition to didactic instruction, hands-on clinical training and continuing education, HVO volunteers will work with local ob-gyn staff to provide mentorship, update and prepare teaching materials, and attend rounds.

In Vietnam, the assignments are at the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HUMP) Hospital. Volunteers will work to both improve the knowledge and skills of HUMP ob-gyn staff and specialists and improve ob-gyn postgraduate training.

Volunteers will also collaborate with local ob-gyn staff to conduct scientific research and provide mentorship in research design, methodology, data analysis, and manuscripts preparation for submission to scientific journals in various areas. Volunteers provide lectures, clinical supervision, and surgical teaching. They will also act as mentors to assist students with their studies and writing papers.

The Vietnam opportunities require volunteers to be board-certified ob-gyns with current licenses, and preferably 10 years of experience, although five years or more may be considered. Academic and teaching experience is also recommended. Final-year residents will be considered if they are accompanied by a faculty member. Retired volunteers are accepted at the project at HUMP. The assignments to HUMP are 2-3 weeks.

Through its ob-gyn program, HVO strives to increase access to quality obstetric and gynecologic care for women around the globe. This is achieved by facilitating short-term volunteer assignments for ob-gyns to empower their counterparts in resource-scarce countries through training and professional development opportunities.

Upcoming opportunities in Haiti and Cambodia are also being finalized.

Visit to learn more about how to get involved in these and other HVO projects.



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