[Washington, DC - January 27, 2015] Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new oral health project in the Dhulikhel community, near Kathmandu, Nepal. HVO volunteers will work in conjunction with the Kathmandu University School of Medicine and Dhulikhel Hospital to improve the dental education for the students, dental assistants and hygienists at Dhulikhel Dental School.
The Dhulikhel Dental School, established in 2012, is operated by Dhulikhel Hospital, an independent, not-for profit, non-governmental institution. The hospital serves a population of approximately 1.9 million people. The hospital is also the university hospital for all programs run in collaboration with Kathmandu University. There are currently eleven oral health faculty members, trained in Nepal and India, with specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, pedodontics and endodontics.
Working with Dhulikhel Dental School faculty, HVO volunteers will increase the number and quality of trained oral health care providers in Nepal, augmenting teaching and training for students and staff through lectures, bedside training, mentoring and more. Requested topics for instruction include ABO standards, oral medicine, and oral pathology. HVO volunteers will also collaborate with and mentor faculty about effective teaching methods and techniques.
HVO will recruit dentists, specialists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons must be fully trained and hold a current license to practice and board certification. Final year residents paired with a licensed oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be considered for assignment. Assignments are a minimum of two weeks.
HVO's oral health projects are supported by our sponsors - the ADA Foundation and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
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 providing health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with the knowledge, skills and professional development they need 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 www.hvousa.org to learn how you can become part of our global health community.