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Global Health & Innovation Conference 4/17-4/18- New Haven, Connecticut

November 2, 2009

GH/Innovate 2010
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2010

Register Today For Lowest Registration Rate (Rate Increases Monthly): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

New Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development? Submit your idea for presentation. Complete details on conference website.

“A Meeting of Minds”—CNN

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, WaterPartners, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

Keynote Speakers

“Using The Power of Stories and Tribes to Spread Your Messages and Change The World,” Seth Godin, MBA, Agent of Change; New York Times Bestselling Author of Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us; Founder, Squidoo.com

Jacqueline Novogratz, MBA, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project

Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

Gene Falk, Co-Founder, Executive Director, mothers2mothers

“Franchising Healthcare in Africa,” Scott Hillstrom, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, HealthStore Foundation

Kevin Jones, Co-Founder, Good Capital

“Creating Viable Enterprises For The Base of the Pyramid,” Ted London, PhD, Senior Research Fellow; Director, Base of the Pyramid Initiative, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

“From Ideas To Action Workshop: Creating Viable Enterprises For The Base of the Pyramid,” Ted London, PhD, Senior Research Fellow; Director, Base of the Pyramid Initiative, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

“Doing More With Less,” Nancy Lublin, CEO, Do Something

“Innovation in PIH Implementation Sites,” Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Partners in Health; Director, Institute for Health and Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ajay Nair, MBBS, MPH, Portfolio Associate, Acumen Fund

“Enabling Prosperity by Improving Lives,” Julia Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation

“Achieving Global Health Through Community Wealth,” Billy Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength

“Investing in Local Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries,” Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder, President and CEO, Unite For Sight

“Solutions That Can Go Big: How To Think About Scalability,” Kevin Starr, MD, Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, Mulago Foundation

“WaterCredit: Driving Financial Innovation in Water Supply & Sanitation For The Poor,” Gary White, Executive Director, WaterPartners

Andrew Wolk, CEO, Root Cause

Plus 200 Featured Speakers, including:

“Management of Macular Degeneration in 2010,” Ron Adelman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Yale University Eye Center

“HIV Medication to Empower Communities: An International Model,” Jesus Aguais, Executive Director, Aid for AIDS

“Reconciling the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with the Multi-dimensional Resilience Index,” Astier Almedom, DPhil, Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Policy and Global Public Health

“Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Maternal and Child Programs in Low-Income Countries: A New Approach,” Agbessi Amouzou, PhD, Assistant Scientist, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide

“Three Unique Models For Services For Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Worldwide Orphans Foundation in Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria,” Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

“Workshop — How To Create an NGO That Does Community Work With Children Abroad: The Ins and Outs, The Ups and Downs,” Jane Aronson, MD, Director, International Pediatric Health Services; Founder and Executive Officer, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Elmira Bayrasil, Policy & Outreach, Endeavor

Bob Bollinger, MD, MPH, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health; Director, Center for Clinical Global Health Education, Johns Hopkins University

“Meeting The Global Physician Shortage: The Contribution of Cuba’s Latin American Medical School,” Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George’s University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

“Medical Innovation in Humanitarian Situations: The Work of Medecins San Frontieres,” Jean-Herve Bardol, MD, Former President of MSF-France; Former Board Member, MSF-USA

Kathleen Casey, MD, FACS, Director, Operation Giving Back, American College of Surgeons

“The Latin American and Carribean Initiative for the Integration of Prenatal Care with the Testing and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis,” Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine; Academic Director, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School / Partners in Health

James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

Luz Claudio, MD, Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine, Chief of the Division of International Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Care Systems,” Paul Cleary, PhD, Dean of Public Health, Chair, Epidemiology and Public Health; Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Yale University School of Public Health

Brenda Colatrella, Executive Director, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Global Policy, Merck

“Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma For Persons on Medical Missions,” Gustavo V. de Moraes, MD, Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

“From a Village Clinic to a Health System: Implementation Science in the Millennium Villages,” Prabhjot Dhadialla, PhD, Program Director of Health Systems, Development and Research, Columbia Center For Global Health and Economic Development, Community Health Worker Advisor, Millennium Village Project

“Building a Distributed Village Model,” Zoravar Dhaliwal, CEO, Community Lab

“Partnerships – Are We There Yet,” Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships

Margaret Duah-Mensah, RN, ON, Ophthalmic Nurse, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

“America’s Vital Interests in Global Health,” Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Institute of Medicine of The National Academies

“Pediatric Vision Screening in Hunan Province, China,” Susan Forster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Studies, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale School of Medicine; Chief, Ophthalmology, Yale University Health Services

Kevin Frick, PhD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Pape Gaye, President and CEO, IntraHealth International

“Gender and Eye Health,” Ilene Gipson, PhD, Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute; Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

“Simple Solutions To Complex Problems: How A Text Message Can Save A Life,” Ashifi Gogo, Co-founder, Sproxil; Holekamp Family PhD Innovation Fellow, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

“Workshop: How To Advance Global Health Through Technology and Social Entrepreneurship,” Ashifi Gogo, Co-founder, Sproxil; Holekamp Family PhD Innovation Fellow, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

“Obstetric Fistula – The Ultimate Indignity, Gender Inequality, and Poverty,” Kate Grant, Executive Director, The Fistula Foundation

“Using Human Rights To Improve Global Health Efforts: Examples, Challenges, and Opportunities,” Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, Associate Professor in Health and Human Rights Director, Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

“Managing the African Glaucomas: Should We Incise or Instill?” Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, Ghana

“Glaucomas in Ghana: Rural Versus Urban,” Michael Gyasi, MD, Ophthalmologist, Ghana

Laura Herman, Managing Director, Social Impact Advisors

“Preterm Birth: Global Prevalence and Opportunities for Intervention in Middle- and Low-Income Countries,” Christopher P. Howson, PhD, Vice President for Global Programs, The March of Dimes Foundation

“Prospects and Challenges of Genetic Manipulation of Mosquitoes for Malaria Control,” Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

“War and Public Health: What is the Role of Public Health Professionals?” Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice, Division of Epidmiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

“Ending Health Apartheid: How Universities Can Make a Difference,” Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, President of the Board, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

Norman Kleiman, PhD, Director, Eye Radiation and Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

“Siyajabula! The Challenges of Developing Empathic Care Intervention Methodology for Children and Guardians Affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa,” Jamie Lachman, Clowns Without Borders

“Food Security and the Right to Health,” Robert Lawrence, MD, The Center for a Livable Future Professor, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health; Director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Bill Livermore, Executive Director, Somaly Mam Foundation

Pamela Lynam, MD, Country Director Kenya, JHPIEGO – Johns Hopkins University

“An AIDS Vaccine: Progress To End The Epidemic,” John McGoldrick, JD, Senior Vice President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

“Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Equity in Treatment & Research,” Carole Mitnick, Sc.D., Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social medicine, Harvard Medical School

“Society, Migration, Culture and Women,” Mini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, MPhil, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Global Health Program Director, New York Medical College School of Public Health

“Sustainable Development for Persons with Disability Living in the Poorest Countries in the World,” Ron Nabors, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Blind Mission-USA

“The International Activities of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Caring For All Children,” Cliff O’Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Health

“Workshop: Good and Better Ways To Participate Globally: Partnering To Empower Communities,” Cliff O’Callahan, MD, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Faculty, Family Practice Group; Director of Nurseries, Middlesex Hospital; Chair, AAP Section on International Child Health

Rebecca Onie, JD, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Project HEALTH

“Role of Inflammation in Retinal Degeneration,” Santa Ono, PhD, Sr. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Academic Affairs, Emory University

David Oot, Associate Vice President for Health, Save The Children

Sung Chul Park, MD, Glaucoma Fellow, New York Medical College, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

David Paton, MD, Founder, Orbis

“Contemplations on American Health Care Reform,” Matthew Paul, MD, Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons

“Global Health Partnerships–Critical Success Factors and Lessons Learned From A Private Sector Perspective,” Steven Phillips, MD, Medical Director, Global Issues and Projects, ExxonMobil Corporation

Maryse B. Pierre-Louis, MD, MPH, MH/HSA, Lead HNP Specialist, Human Development; Coordinator, Booster Program For Malaria Control in Africa, World Bank Africa Region

“Vision 2020/USA and The Future of Collaborative Efforts in Blindness Prevention,” Louis Pizzarello, MD, MPH, Secretary General, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“Online Innovation and Trends in Global Health,” Suzanne Rainey, Forum One Communications

“Leveraging Advances in Nanotechnology and Consumer Electronics to Detect Infectious Diseases at the Point of Care,” Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD, Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, Rice University

Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Associate Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

“MDG5.com: A Film and New Media Initiative to Improve Maternal Health,” Lisa Russell, MPH, Filmmaker

“Partnership Models in International Health, The Yale Experience,” Majid Sadigh, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

“How To Develop a Sustainable Eye Care Plan For Rural Regions,” Sarang Salam, Kalinga Eye Hospital, Orissa, India

Sarwat Salim, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee-Memphis

“Corporate Governance Approaches to Global Health Investments and Social Entrepreneurship Partnerships,” Georgia Sambunaris, Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Economic Growth, US Agency for International Development

Elizabeth Scharpf, MBA, MPA, Founder and Chief Instigating Officer, Sustainable Health Enterprises

“Avoidable Blindness and Eye Care in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Juan Carlos Silva, MD, MPH, Regional Advisor in Prevention of Blindness, PAHO-WHO

“Integration of Surgery Into Population-Based Healthcare in Learning Models of Integrated Care,” David Spiegel, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“Where There Is No Light: Using Solar Power to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Nigeria,” Laura Stachel, MD, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Founder, WE CARE Solar

John E. Tedstrom, PhD, President and CEO, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC)

“Trabeculectomy Glaucoma Surgery: Clinical Pearls,” James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana

“Can We Eliminate Blinding Trachoma by 2020?” Sheila West, PhD, El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“Innovation in Global Health Research,” David Zakus, BSc, MES, MSc, PhD, Director, Centre for International Health; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Derek Yach, Vice President of Global Health Policy, PepsiCo

“The Global Fight Against Malaria: U.S. Strategy for Combating Malaria Around The World,” Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative

Call For Applicants: Social Enterprise Pitch

GH/Innovate 2010 will include special sessions where selected participants will present their new idea or program-in-development in the format of a 5-minute social enterprise pitch. Following the pitch, there is a 5-minute period for questions and answers, as well as feedback from the audience. This will provide participants with an opportunity to formulate and present their idea, collaborate with others interested in their idea, and receive feedback and ideas from other conference participants. Complete details about submitting a social enterprise pitch online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/social-enterprise-pitch

Young Leader of Social Change Speakers

Young Leaders of Social Change Speakers are students and young professionals engaged in global health research and effective program delivery. Approximately 20 student and young professional speakers will be selected.

Conversation Panels

In addition to their individual presentations, select speakers will also participate as discussants on special panels that include six panelists and extensive Q&A with the audience.

* Advice From The Experts: Careers in Global Health
* Innovating in Global Health
* Challenges and Success in Establishing International Partnerships
* Others to be announced

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity- Open Deadline

August 28, 2009

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Unite For Sight has been featured weekly on CNN International and in The New York Times

Unite For Sight is the world’s leader in socially responsible, effective volunteering abroad. Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight’s international programs are Global Impact Fellows. They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to support and assist the local eye clinics in outreach programs that reduce patient barriers to health care, including financial, transportation and education barriers.

Through hands-on, structured training, fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in volunteerism, global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for fellows interested in pursuing global health research.

Locations (volunteer for 10 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 months, or more)

* Accra Region, Ghana
* Rural Villages, Ghana
* Tamale, Ghana
* Tegucigalpa, Honduras
* Bihar, India
* Chennai, India
* New Delhi, India
* Orissa, India

Complete Details: http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Free medical, dental, vision clinic- Volunteers needed 8/11-8/18 Los Angeles, CA

August 8, 2009

http://www.ramusa.org/

VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER NOW!

AUGUST 11 – AUGUST 18, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
at
THE FORUM in INGLEWOOD
3900 W Manchester Blvd

beginning at 5:30AM daily

To provide free MEDICAL, VISION, and DENTAL care for uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, under-employed persons

RAM needs
Medical Doctors (all specialties) and Nurses,
Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Ophthalmic Techs, Paramometry Techs,
General Dentists, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Registered Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants.

CALIFORNIA LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY
CONTACT
Jean Jolly, Volunteer Coordinator, Remote Area Medical
jeanjolly@ramusa.org
865.579.1530

FOR PATIENTS
How to Receive Treatment: All of our services are free and are provided by volunteers. The doctor is free; the dentist is free; the eye doctor is free. Please arrive early, bring a snack, and be prepared to wait. Your wait may be long; chairs will be provided for your comfort.

Services:

DENTAL: Cleanings, fillings, extractions, and root canals. Everyone receives a free dental exam. Pediatric dentistry is available.

VISION: Vision exam and free prescription glasses made onsite. (NOTE: May not be able to make glasses for everyone.) Cataract surgery.

MEDICAL & WOMEN’S HEALTH: Mammograms and Pap smears; pediatric exams; adult physicals & medical consults (including diabetes and hypertension); chiropractors; acupuncture; blood lab work; chest X-rays; medication assistance; and many other medical specialties available.

Services are provided by Remote Area Medical for the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, and those who cannot afford to pay. Services are provided by volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygeinists, dental assistants, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and other trained health professionals from the State of California.
FOR VOLUNTEERS

Forms:
(PDF format)

Please download the appropriate form, fill out, and FAX or MAIL to RAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid delays in credentialing for the RAM-LA expedition.

Medical, vision, and non-medical volunteers

Dental volunteers

Tips for all volunteers

Volunteer Info:

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for our volunteers at no cost, along with vegetarian selections and drinking water.

UPDATES: Follow us on Twitter: @RamLosAngeles for RAM-LA tweets.

LODGING: The Radisson Westside in Culver City is giving discounts to volunteers. Use the promo code “RAM” (or call 1-310-649-1776).
The hotel address is:
6161 W Centinela Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

Free parking and shuttle service to the clinic will be provided.

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February 23, 2009

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Tanzania Volunteer Opportunity- Pediatric/Emergency Medicine Residents or Physicians- Now until 5/30

March 12, 2008

I wanted to get the word out about an overseas opportunity that has recently come up. Neil Patel, a UCLA dental student, has started a group called Health Care Volunteers. We are familiar with and admire the work Neil has set out to accomplish through his group.

They have an opportunity for last year residents or physicians to volunteer in Tanzania between now and May 30. Pediatric specialties are desired, however Emergency Medicine physicians/residents may be allowed to participate as well as long as they are committed to treating children during the trip. I wanted to see if you would be able to forward this to the members of the International Child Health interest group at AAP.

They have free airfare courtesy of Emirates Airlines out of Houston (IAH) or NYC (JFK) to Tanzania. The length of the trip is minimum two weeks, but optimally 3-4 weeks. Housing will most likely be provided by Tanzania’s Ministry of Health or for about $10/day at the most.

This opportunity is not being run through the Center for International Medicine, but we wanted to help Neil get the word out. You can find out more information at www.healthcarevolunteer.com/volunteers/currentopps.php

Please have any applicants mention the CIM referral. Feel free to have them contact Neil with any questions at Neil.patel@healthcarevolunteer.com

Unite For Sight- Volunteer in Asia and Africa- Open Application

February 16, 2008

Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities: As Featured Weekly On CNN

Volunteer Abroad in Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring: http://www.uniteforsight.org/intl_volunteer

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU, UNITE FOR SIGHT HAS RESTORED SIGHT TO 10,062 PATIENTS AND PROVIDED EYE CARE TO 300,000 IN 2006 AND 2007

How Do I Apply? The application as well as complete details about Unite For Sight’s international opportunities are available at http://www.uniteforsight.org/intl_volunteer/

What is Unite For Sight’s Mission? Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

Unite For Sight’s work to prevent blindness and restore sight is featured weekly on CNN INTERNATIONAL from September 2007-August 2008.

What Do Volunteers Do?: Volunteers receive hands-on clinical experience while assisting doctors in remote, rural villages. Volunteers learn about international health and eye care, learn clinical skills while working with patients and doctors, and, in one program location, have an opportunity to practice cataract surgery on a goat’s eye.

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.

Who Is Eligible To Volunteer Abroad?: Volunteers are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Volunteers range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

What Do Volunteers Say?:

“I can honestly say that everything I learned in 3 years of medical school paled in comparison to the 3 week experience I had in Accra (Ghana) in October 2007 as part of Unite For Sight. The program provides volunteers with a unique and hands-on involvement – being able to help out to the level of your training and comfort. My experience taught me that Ghanaian people are the friendliest people I have interacted with anywhere in the world, that ordinary people involved with Unite For Sight are making extraordinary differences, and that sitting in a classroom receiving a world-class education cannot match real life experiences while volunteering.”–Varun Verma, UMDNJ Medical Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana

“During my volunteering experience, I realized that Unite for Sight’s service is a campaign for the salvation of humanity that allows the light of compassion to shine through each of us. I believe it is this display of altruism and commitment that makes the organization’s service so virtuous and treasured by both volunteers and patients. After all, making a difference in the world is not so difficult if only one would care enough to sacrifice a part of oneself in order to change the world for the better. My experience as a Unite for Sight volunteer has inspired me to dedicate my future career to serving underprivileged communities around the world.”—Chiwing “Jessica” Qu, Yale University Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Chennai, India

Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities: As Featured Weekly On CNN- Rolling Application Deadline

January 8, 2008

Currently accepting applications for January 2008 through January 2009. Rolling application deadline – the first qualified applicants are accepted. Apply today!

Apply Online

Volunteer Abroad in Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring: http://www.uniteforsight.org/intl_volunteer

Save Eyes and Lives. Every Eye, A Life.
Those who are blind in Africa have a four times higher mortality rate
60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years
80% of blindness is curable or preventable

How Do I Apply? The application as well as complete details about Unite For Sight’s international opportunities are available at http://www.uniteforsight.org/intl_volunteer/

What is Unite For Sight’s Mission? Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

Unite For Sight’s work to prevent blindness and restore sight is featured weekly on CNN INTERNATIONAL from September 2007-August 2008

What Do Volunteers Do?: 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

Who Is Eligible to Participate?: The Unite For Sight internship is open to individuals 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Volunteers range from undergraduate students to medical students, public health students and professionals, nurses, educators, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

What Do Volunteers Say?: “During my volunteering experience, I realized that Unite for Sight’s service is a campaign for the salvation of humanity that allows the light of compassion to shine through each of us. I believe it is this display of altruism and commitment that makes the organization’s service so virtuous and treasured by both volunteers and patients. After all, making a difference in the world is not so difficult if only one would care enough to sacrifice a part of oneself in order to change the world for the better. My experience as a Unite for Sight volunteer has inspired me to dedicate my future career to serving underprivileged communities around the world.”—Chiwing “Jessica” Qu, Yale University Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in India 2007

“Without Unite for Sight, I cannot imagine how I could possibly have seen and learned so much as an undergraduate about medicine, other cultures, and my own desire and ability to make a difference in others’ lives.”–Charlotte Hogan, Georgetown University Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in India 2006 and Ghana 2005

“I can honestly say that everything I learned in 3 years of medical school paled in comparison to the 3 week experience I had in Accra (Ghana) in October 2007 as part of Unite For Sight. The program provides volunteers with a unique and hands-on involvement – being able to help out to the level of your training and comfort. My experience taught me that Ghanaian people are the friendliest people I have interacted with anywhere in the world, that ordinary people involved with Unite For Sight are making extraordinary differences, and that sitting in a classroom receiving a world-class education cannot match real life experiences while volunteering.”–Varun Verma, UMDNJ Medical Student, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Accra, Ghana

Service opporunity all over the world- Peace Corps

November 13, 2007

In order to join the Peace Corps, you must be over age 18 and be a
U.S. citizen. Non-citizens may not join the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the
Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas
like education, youth outreach and community development, the
environment, and information technology.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/

Med translators needed ASAP- med mission to Guatemala. Expenses Covered!

July 20, 2007

All/most expenses to be covered!

A surgical mission trip to San Marcos, Guatemala is leaving from July 26th
to August 11th at Hospital de la Familia (a philanthropic group). They are
currently in need of volunteers that can translate medical Spanish for the
trip, especially during physical exams for both adults and ped patients. If
you are able to do that, are available to leave next Thursday, have
passport, and would really like to go, please contact Dr. Christie Ham at
cham@stanford.edu with your previous translating experience and interest,
and make sure to leave your cell phone number/contact information. It may
be possible to go for one week, but two weeks will be given preference. The
plane ticket, etc. will be covered by the group. This really sounds like an
amazing experience, I hope that some of you are able to go!

Sincerely,
Michael Galvez

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Volunteer Opportunity- Rural El Savador

July 16, 2007

(physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and 4th year medical students)

El Salvador

Clinical, Project Management, and Public Health opportunity in a small
clinic and community health project in rural El Salvador

§ Contribute significantly to social justice and the health of the
poor through work with a growing community-based organization

§ Employ advocacy, creativity, and clinical problem solving skills to
secure basic human rights for your patients

§ Experience a wide range of clinical work and learning opportunities,
especially in pediatrics and OBGYN.

§ Share clinical responsibilities with and learn from experienced
locally trained health promoters

§ Learn about and use local natural medicines

§ Take part in public health campaigns and interact with a vibrant
group of community health workers

§ Enjoy in-depth contact with your patients and participate in the
life of the community

§ Explore local culture and experience rural Latin American life

Location: The communities of Estancia, a rural village in a beautiful
mountainous area of eastern El Salvador, in the Departamento (state)
of Morazán.

Sponsoring Institutions: You will work with the Asociación de
Campesinos para el Desarrollo Humano, an up-and-coming Salvadoran
grassroots NGO that is run entirely by local campesinos, as a
volunteer sent by Doctors for Global Health (DGH – see http://www.dghonline.org).

Timing: Opportunities are available year-round; most urgent need is
from September 2007 on. Six to twelve month stays are preferred,
minimum stay is three months (6 months for students). Applications
are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Further Advantages:

§ Opportunities for a work in a variety of healthcare settings,
including the closest health center and a busy community hospital

§ Opportunities for research and innovative program design

§ Support from a network of like-minded individuals in the U.S. and
elsewhere through Doctors for Global Health
Requirements:

· Fluent Spanish

· Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility in difficult environments

· Cross-cultural experience

· Dedication to social justice and the health of the poor

· Ability to follow local priorities and to listen effectively

· Applications will be considered from physicians, nurse
practitioners, physician’s assistants, and 4 th year medical students.

· Student applicants must have completed core clinical clerkships in
Medicine, Pediatrics, OBGYN, and Surgery, preferably with at least one
sub-internship completed.

The ideal candidate will also have initiative, creativity, and the
ability to work independently. International experience is valued but
not required. Housing, basic local foods, and local transportation
will be arranged. Financial responsibility for covering these costs
lies with the volunteer – DGH encourages volunteers to seek sources of
financial and other support and will help with this as much as
possible.

To apply please contact us at volunt…@dghonline.org . To learn more
about DGH and other ways to get involved in our work, please visit our
website at www.dghonline.org


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