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Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on December 5, 2014

Labels: , Volunteers

On International Volunteer Day, I’m delighted to honor our Ambassadors of HOPE – the men and women who volunteer their time to save lives and improve health care across the globe each year.  This year, 365 HOPE volunteers devoted over 68,400 hours to this mission in 23 countries. This amazing accomplishment is valued at $3.65 million in volunteer support.

Dr. Robert Baxt provides guidance to Tanzanian surgeons

Volunteer Dr. Venko Filipche, a top neurosurgeon from Skopje, Macedonia, traveled to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to oversee and train surgeons in rotations at Muhimbili National Center, the only hospital center to offer surgery for the entire Tanzanian population of 47 million.  With support, mentoring and expert training provided onsite by Project HOPE volunteers, such as Dr. Filipche, Dr. Robert Baxt and Dr. Adam Fox, more Tanzanian surgeons are gaining the experience and self-assurance they need to perform surgeries on their own.

“The respect and appreciation for the help we are able to offer has been striking,” said Dr. Filipche. “Every surgery we have performed or overseen has been gratefully received and extremely well attended.”

Today, as we salute our cherished volunteers, we also look to the future of our volunteer program and see HOPE as the premier international humanitarian and health education volunteer program in which our volunteers work tirelessly across the organization in global health and development, be it humanitarian assistance or finance, in support of the advancement of Project HOPE’s mission.


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