Da Nang, Vietnam - Virtual

Date: Flexible

Partner: Health Volunteers Overseas

Cost: There is no cost to be a volunteer, however HVO membership is encouraged.

About Health Volunteers Overseas: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Working collaboratively with our partners abroad, HVO volunteers engage in activities such as delivering didactic and clinical trainings, offering case consultations, providing curricular input for teaching institutions, or revising administrative and clinical procedures for health care facilities. While in-person volunteer assignments are on hiatus due to COVID-19, HVO is offering remote volunteer opportunities. In 2021, HVO volunteers provided over 4,000 hours of e-learning and online support to health professionals at over 45 different institutions. Once travel is possible again, both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities will be available.

About the Mission: Volunteers are needed to provide asynchronous lectures for staff and students at Da Nang Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital. Volunteers will prepare lecture materials using PowerPoint with voice narration or create a video lecture. HVO staff can assist with any technical questions as needed. Volunteers must be fully licensed physical therapists certified to practice in the US or Canada with a minimum of three to five years of experience. Recruitment is ongoing.

Da Nang Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital is located in Da Nang in the central region of Vietnam. The hospital operates under the authority of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Ministry of Health. It is a public service facility that provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care for children and adults. Originally an orthopedic and rehabilitation center, the facility expanded to become a hospital in 2009. There are plans to open an emergency room in the near future.

A wide variety of problems are seen at the hospital. These include ortho/trauma, polio, amputations, SCI, and stroke. The pediatric caseload increases during the summer, but children and adults are treated year-round.