Established in 1986, HVO's educational programs now operate in over 25 resource-scarce countries, where US healthcare professionals with years of clinical and teaching experience – and a powerful desire to give back – provide health and medical education to their in-country counterparts, improving the quality and quantity of healthcare where it is most desperately needed. Using a “train the trainers” model, each local professional trained by an HVO volunteer is empowered to train others, resulting in more skilled and compassionate caregivers and healthier, more productive communities. Orthopedic officers in Malawi, anesthesia specialists in Belize, pediatric nurses in Uganda, physical therapists in Bhutan — all these make a huge difference to those who live in the poorest and most underserved nations in the world. More than 6,500 health volunteers have donated their time and expertise. Won’t you offer your caring support?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; Internationally; ; Bhutan; Bolivia; Cambodia; Cameroon; China; Costa Rica; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guyana ; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Laos; Malawi ; Moldova; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; St. Lucia; Tanzania; Uganda; Vietnam

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

•Accredited Charity: Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - 20/20 Standards Met (2016)
•GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant (2015)
•Certificate of Recognition from the American Physical Therapy Association in recognition of HVO's 25th anniversary (2011)
•Plaque of Recognition from the American Society of Hematology for 25 years of dedication to the advancement of health care in developing countries (2011)


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Health Volunteers Overseas is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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