June, 2024

Dear Danielle Stonehirsch,

Schools are letting out across America, but HVO volunteers and partners don’t stop, continuing their work all year around the globe. This summer, Dr. Richard Henker will be leading a workshop on regional anesthesia for residents at Lao Friends Hospital for Children, a team of orthopedists will be providing spinal care at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, Dr. Luke Carter-Brzezinski will be completing a tour of three institutions in Cambodia supporting hematologists, nurses, and laboratory specialists, and Dr. Barbara Billek-Sawhney will visit Kumasi, Ghana to follow up on a twelve-part rehabilitation e-learning series. These are just a few of the volunteer projects we look forward to seeing accomplished in the coming months. HVO staff will be traveling to Uganda in June to explore ways to strengthen our partnerships and maximize support. In August, staff members head to San Diego for the AANA 2024 Annual Congress. If you are attending, come find us to say hello!


Whatever you summer plans, we wish you the best and look forward to hearing more stories from our hardworking community!



April Pinner, MSPH, RD

Executive Director

Volunteering Opportunities

Dermatology, Vietnam is recruiting in-person volunteers with expertise in vasculitis, systemic manifestations, geriatric dermatology, and pediatric dermatology. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Cary.

Nursing Education, Hanoi, Vietnam is recruiting nurse educators to present in-person at a national conference entitled “Digital technology, updates, and innovative solutions in caring” on September 20-21, 2024. Interested volunteers should contact Emily Dalton.

Webinar Opportunity

We are excited to share this opportunity from the University of California, San Francisco:


Register for the third UCSF Pediatric Limb Difference Webinar on June 7, 2024, presented by the UCSF Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Center. Learn about interdisciplinary care, sustainable practices, and global approaches in pediatric orthopedics.

Presented by the UCSF Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Center, this year’s theme is "A Team Approach for Pediatric Limb Optimization: Local to Global."

📅 Date: Friday, June 7, 2024

⏰ Time: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (US)

📍 Where: Virtual – Live Stream

Register Here

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