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I work for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel which is the fastest growing hospital in Jerusalem and treats over 500,000 patients a year. In an effort to lower the spread of infections, the staff of the hospital put together a Hip Hop rapping clip intended to increase awareness of the importance of washing hands. In honor of Global Washing Hands Day this week we released the video with English subtitles, http://goo.gl/1d2MMX We are proud to be part of the effort to increase awareness that washing hands is very important and can save lives. Please share this video. We post numerous healthy living tips on our Facebook page, @Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Thank you, Shalom from Jerusalem, Dahlia

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The picture was taken in Alexandria - Egypt during one of "Operation smile Egypt" medical missions, as we help drawing new smile every day by correcting a facial deformities of cleft lip and cleft palate through surgery. Since my first volunteering participation, volunteering became like breathing to me. And my life changed.
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I am Sospeterson Thagicu, founder of the Green Umbrella Youth Group, Our mission is to reach the women,girls and youths those are marginalized and outside the reach of mainstream support and services. Many are tbrought up in these regions and no one have come up with any lifesaving ideas due to lack of information and been unrecognized, hence using this gap to address the issue affecting these marginalized communities.
The expectant mothers – those who are economically and socially outside the reach of mainstream services and support in hard-to-reach rural areas, find themselves in life and death situations during the delivery time especially if complication occur, in most case both lives are usually lost due to lack of qualified and professional assistance in these regions. Overall, these communities don't know what a maternity hospital is and 100% births occur at home, and they always relay on to the traditional midwives. These midwives lack even basic protective gears like cergical gloves, they use their bare hands. Sterilized razors, instead they use kitchen knives, where they used it repeatedly to all their patients, in fact they just clean it with water and soup after using it, hence exposing themselves, the mother and the baby to infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. This midwives always offer this services in good faith and they don't charge any fee to the mothers. This is true face of how serious these challenge poses a great threat to the midwives, babies and the mothers from these communities in today’s modern world.
Together we can make giving birth save in this communities to both the mother, baby and the midwives, by providing them with lifesaving skills, first aid equipments, training and provision of basic equipments like cergical gloves, disinfectants, sterilized razors and strings hence reduce any danger that arises during this time.
After these programs, these traditional midwives will be at their best practice like their counterpart in professional carrier, and lack of infrastructure will be the only difference. In these ways, we expect that the birth complication, which occurs due to lack of professional experts will significantly reduce as well as the death, related to it. In case of emergency, which is inevitable, they will be at best of their practice using live saving skills until the patient reach to a medical facility. The project will contribute in achieving the millennium Development Goals in health where free maternal care will be available to all.
For a long time, the presences of these traditional midwives have been ignored, and they have been in operation without any recognition. The project will create a room for safe birth, not by luck. It will provide a communication channels between the local population, the beneficially and the participants with qualified professional in all leading medical facilities and government institutions, hence ensuring that the needs of these infants, midwives and expectant women are been heard and addressed by the relevant authorities. These will also facilitates other public exchange programs between the different social groups and other stakeholders.

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Through the facilitation of Lizzie Moyo and her family, the Zimbabwe ILCO Trust is an organization that came into existence in the year 2007 with the main objective of advocating for the needs and interests of all ostomates in Zimbabwe. The idea to form this organization came out of the realization that there was a gap in the Zimbabwean health care system for the care of ostomates an experiences which the Moyo family went through as they battled to save Lizzie’s life before and after operation. After the operation Lizzie was battling to get her medical materials and services required by her were very expensive or unavailable in the health institutions in this country. It was after a torrid experience characterized by a number of difficulties and challenges that they went through in taking care of Lizzie, that the Moyo family considered other ostomates similar to Lizzie who were in various circumstances including rural areas and poor urban areas who were also facing similar challenges in taking care of themselves that they decided to mobilize other ostomates and their families around Zimbabwe in an attempt to advocate for their special needs and interests thereby contributing to the goal of serving lives and humanity. ILCO ZIM is an organization that is set to train, educate and inform the Ostomates, Doctors, nurses, Policy makers, caregivers and the community at large on Ostomy. This program is the first and one of its own kind in Zimbabwe that aims to upgrade the lifestyles of the ostomates so that they are socially empowered and economically self reliant through increase in knowledge on ostomy care, public awareness on stoma conditions. ILCO focuses on holding awareness campaigns in the communities of Zimbabwe so the they are informed , educated and equipped with the knowledge of the Ostomates thereby also registering ostomates and distributing Ostomy appliances , lobbying and Advocating to relevant ministries and society on Ostomy appliances and Ostomates rights and needs through the media.

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I am Baki Billah, Studying at the University of Dhaka in Institute of Health Economics. I am so much interested to keep a significant role in global health. For this reason, I would like initially to be a volunteer of UN.

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L'Association HIPPO DIRUTUS et le Croissant Rouge Tunisien - Comité Régional de Bizerte ont organisé le 8 Décembre 2013 (à l’occasion de la Journée Mondiale du Bénévolat) une caravane médicale pluridisciplinaire en faveur des habitants d'une zone rurale défavorisée.
Il s’agit d’une action citoyenne, de solidarité et humanitaire qui a pour objectif principal de lutter contre les inégalités sanitaires et de faciliter l’accès aux soins aux populations défavorisées, plus particulièrement celles et ceux qui habitent dans des zones parfois difficiles d'accès et de pouvoir bénéficier de consultations spécialisées et d'avoir accès aux médicaments et aux autres prestations sanitaires.
Plus de 300 personnes, essentiellement des enfants et des femmes, ont bénéficié des services de cette caravane à laquelle ont pris part : 16 médecins de libre pratique (généralistes, Cardio, Gastro, Pneumo, Pédiatre), 4 Dentistes, 2 pharmaciens , 2 infirmiers , 4 étudiantes en Médecine, des représentants de l’ONFP à Bizerte et 51 Bénévoles des 2 associations organisatrices de l’événement se sont tous unis pour la bonne cause.
Le Bilan de cette caravane: environ 350 consultations pour 302 personnes en majorité des enfants et des femmes avec distribution es médicaments et c’était aussi l’occasion de dépister certaines personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques ou d’autres pathologies qui ont été orientées vers les structures régionales de santé adéquates

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BIGAY BUHAY - MEDICAL MISSION DECEMBER, 2013

IN COOPERATION WITH CHRIST COMMISSION FELLOWSHIP, LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF PASIG, DSWD, NAGPAYONG HIGH SCHOOL
PROVIDING DENTAL, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, SPIRITUAL AND GIFT FOR APPROXIMATELY 800 PASIGUENOS IN NEED.

VOLUNTEERS WERE ALL JOYFUL AND RESTLESS, UNTIL THE LAST MINUTES OF THE PROGRAM WE WERE ABLE TO SUSTAIN BY THE GRACE OF GOD. VOLUNTEERS THAT BELIEVED IN THE CAUSE OF SERVING ARE SO MUCH BLESSED WITH HELPING OTHERS.
IN RETURN, VOLUNTEERS WERE ALSO GIVEN PACK OF GOODIES FROM THE ORGANIZER. TO GOD BE THE GLORY MA. PAG-ASA EUSEBIO-RELOS
"a volunteer by heart"
Pasig City. Philippines
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Le 4 décembre (7h-12h) à l’hôpital général de N’Djamena en collaboration avec la Croix Rouge du Tchad ;

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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Volunteering has been a continuous process of reorganizing and resetting of my experience as a dental surgeon and Master of Public Health candidate. I reside in Rochester, Minnesota but belong to an underdeveloped country, Nepal, where people still die from diarrhea. I as a dental surgeon somehow could never dream of Nepali brushing their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste when there were citizens deprived of oral rehydration solutions. Even today, there is a lack of infrastructure and human resources in many rural hospitals. Patients often die on the way to the tertiary health centers. A significant strata of the population are uneducated and thus unaware. Similarly, there is no health insurance policy which often compel patient’s family to sell their land for treatment and major surgeries. The spouse of a pregnant woman is lured with incentives for getting his wife admitted in the hospital for safe delivery. Nepal, still narrates stories of women practicing unsafe menstruation and child birth in the cattle-shed. The health of people is directly affected by gender discrimination and social stigmas, and a lot needs to be improved. The existing socio-behavioral framework of Nepal affects the knowledge, attitude, practices, access, and utilization of health care services. My medical and public health background along with heartbreaking health scenario of Nepal inspired me to dream a dream. A dream of working with the United Nations Volunteer program. I had actively worked for dental public health in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the past, I had organized and participated in multiple volunteer endeavors. Some of them included, public health research, surveys, data analysis, training of trainers, capacity building trainings, development of IEC tools, community health camps, health education, school oral health programs, and community comprehensive dental care. On the contrary, moving to a new country did not offer many opportunities. Moreover, with work permit issue, I was unable to utilize my expertise and experience. I literally felt impeded but then my husband informed me about the United Nations Volunteer Program in May, 2013. I could work online for the United Nations. I applied and was luckily selected for the e-government survey 2014. Finally, I received an excellent review. At present, I along with my UNDESA team have been the recipient of “United Nations Online Volunteer Award 2013”. My dream has come true and I am reinforced to continuing doing little things for people around me. Currently, I volunteer with seven non-profit organizations in the U.S.A. I feel that, I am living completely every day, because I have done something for someone who can never repay me. I may not be able to help communities with materialistic offers, yet I can reach out my hands instead. Mother Teresa has said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Therefore, if you also believe that little things we do in our lives can create an impact, please join your community’s ardent team of volunteers. Spare them your time and commitment and you will gain valuable life experience, skills, as well as surprising benefits of volunteerism. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” Let’s give it a try!!

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A group of youngsters & young at heart volunteers have been working closely with slum-dwellers & NGOs to fulfill their basic needs of food, clothing and good health every year.

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