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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries. MSF recruits doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical personnel to provide medical care to people in crisis. If selected for MSF’s pool of field aid workers, you will join a group of professionals who deliver lifesaving treatment to many of the most vulnerable people in the world: victims of conflict, refugees, internally displaced persons, and people living with diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. For more information on working in the field with MSF, please visit http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving global health through education. For the past two decades, HVO has worked to increase health care access in developing countries through clinical training and education programs in child health, primary care, trauma and rehabilitation, essential surgical care, oral health, infectious disease, nursing education, wound care and burn management. HVO recruits health care professional to volunteer their time and ability to train, mentor and provide critical professional support to health care providers in more than 25 resource-poor nations, covering Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. HVO volunteers typically serve at a program site for one month, but there are many sites where one may serve for two weeks. Longer placements are also possible if a volunteer has the time available. For more information about HVO, visit the web site.
International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, IMC rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Short-term crew can volunteer from two weeks to two years depending on the position and typically fill service roles or very specialized medical or technical positions. The ability to utilize professional volunteers as Crew allows Mercy Ships to maximize our donor support and serve those who need help the most. http://www.mercyships.org/
Our Vision: To be recognized as the most effective organization at providing opportunities for volunteers to help survivors of natural disasters.
Founded by Msgr. Anthony Brouwers in 1959, Mission Doctors Association is the only program in the United States exclusively dedicated to recruiting, training, sending and supporting Catholic doctors and their families to serve at mission hospitals and clinics around the world. Doctors and their families may serve on both short and long term assignments.
Unite For Sight (www.uniteforsight.org/intl_volunteer) volunteers participate in hands-on clinical service while assisting eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps, and slums. Volunteers are immersed in international health and development programs while providing eye care to patients living in extreme poverty. The goal of Unite For Sight and its partner eye clinics and communities is to create eye disease-free communities. Unite For Sight’s volunteers (local and visiting) work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in communities without previous access. The eye clinic’s eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers jointly provide community-based screening programs in rural villages. The clinic’s eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery. Patients receive free surgery funded by Unite For Sight so that no patient remains blind due to lack of funds. Volunteers immediately see the joy on patients’ faces when their sight is restored after years of blindness. These memories last a lifetime. While helping the community, volunteers are in a position to witness and draw their own conclusions about the failures and inequities of global health systems. It broadens their view of what works, and what role they can have to insure a health system that works for everyone and that leaves no person blind in the future.