College and Health Volunteers Overseas

HVO Welcomes American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as Sponsor to New OBGYN Division

May 17, 2016

Washington, DC  –  Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to welcome the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as a new sponsor and partner in improving global health care. ACOG is dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care and will provide essential support as HVO launches a new program in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN).

"The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is extremely proud to partner with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) to train and educate health care providers in developing countries,” said ACOG President Thomas Gellhaus, MD. “As the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, it is imperative that we also engage our members on a global level and provide direct service and educational opportunities to serve, educate and advocate for women’s health. HVO has provided such training and education to health care providers in developing countries for nearly 30 years, and we look forward to our continued work together."

The World Health Organization reports that almost all (99%) of the nearly 300,000 maternal deaths every year occur in developing countries. Two of the most common cancers affecting women - breast and cervical cancers – are a growing global burden. Globally, sexual and reproductive health problems are responsible for one third of health issues for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. Health care professionals educated in obstetrics and gynecology are key to addressing these vast global health issues, providing prevention, detection and treatment that saves lives. HVO will collaborate with ACOG to develop project sites in resource-scarce countries around the world to improve the quality and availability of health care for women.

"Women’s health is a pressing global issue, as evidenced by the number of requests for training in women’s health care that we receive from institutions around the world," remarked HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. "Our new partnership with ACOG will provide the expert personnel and essential support that we need to answer these requests. We are delighted to welcome ACOG to the HVO global network and look forward to the launch and expansion of our OBGYN program."

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 in resource-scarce countries with knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained health care professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. Visit to learn how you can become part of their global health community.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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