March, 2024

Dear Friends,

March 20th marks World Oral Health Day, making this month the perfect time to share an incredible new resource developed by the FDI World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association (ADA) with support from HVO—a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “The Challenge of Oral Disease: A Call for Global Action.” The MOOC is designed to teach participants about the global burden of oral diseases and is based on the second edition of the Oral Health Atlas, released at the FDI’s 2015 Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. It was created by HVO volunteer Dr. Elizabeth Shick in collaboration with two of her colleagues, Dr. David Williams and Dr. Habib Benzian. I am excited by HVO’s role in the course’s development, and I invite you all to learn more and take advantage of this valuable new resource.

Meanwhile, our incredible partners and volunteers are hard at work together on HVO oral health projects in Nepal, Laos, Uganda, and Tanzania. Just last month, Dr. David Ciesla spent ten days providing pediatric dental care and support at a facility in rural Uganda. Dr. Gregory Czarnecki is currently on a three-week assignment delivering oral health education in Nepal. Our Uganda project is running an on-going e-learning course on pediatric dentistry and our project in Laos recently reopened to in-person volunteers. There are so many wonderful advancements happening in our oral health program, and we are grateful for all the time and energy you put into making it all possible.
A big thank you to all our amazing oral health care providers working hard around the world to improve health for all!

April Pinner, MSPH, RD
Executive Director
New online course addresses global challenges and opportunities to improve oral health
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Volunteering Opportunities
Anesthesia, Siem Reap, Cambodia is recruiting an anesthesia simulation instructor for a one-day, in-person course at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) on Thursday, July 25. The Crisis Team Management Simulation course has been taught since 2015. The volunteer instructor will direct six simulation sessions and a debriefing for AHC doctors and nurses. Scenarios, evaluations, and debriefing points will be provided. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Cary.
Anesthesia, Uganda is recruiting virtual and in-person volunteers to assist with clinical and didactic training and to support the academic advancement of students at KABSOM by delivering lectures, training workshops, and other educational activities. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Cary.
Hematology and Hematopathology, Tanzania is recruiting virtual and in-person volunteers to assist with a list of topics including, but not limited to, hematopathology and flow cytometry. Volunteers are welcome to join ongoing online lectures and case discussions with our colleagues on-site. Interested volunteers should contact Lauren Franklin.
Internal Medicine, Kampala, Uganda is recruiting in-person volunteers with expertise in any topic, with a particular need for training in point-of-care ultrasound training, rheumatology, and emergency medicine. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Cary.
Nursing Education, Kampot, Cambodia is recruiting virtual and in-person volunteers with experience in any topic, with a particular need for RNs with expertise in critical care (ED/ICU), NICU, and non-communicable diseases. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Cary.
Nutrition, Cambodia is recruiting nutritionists and nurses with expertise in diabetes, lactation, SLP feeding skills, nutrition oncology, gastroenterology, and more to complete both virtual and in-person assignments. Interested volunteers should contact Lauren Franklin.
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