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UN and partners kick off massive anti-polio drive in West and Central Africa 
United Nations agencies and their partners launched a polio immunization campaign targeting 85 million children under the age of five in 19 countries across West and Central Africa.   Visit site
More than 7,000 US nurses volunteer for Haiti 
More than 7,000 nurses in the United States have volunteered to go to Haiti to help injured survivors of the devastating earthquake.

National Nurses United, a national union, says nurses nationwide have answered its appeal to travel to the island country. Spokesman Charles Idelson said Friday that more than 1,000 nurses have registered in California and about 500 in New York.

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Tehran's health patrol 
Iran Mokhtari, now 57, was one of the first recruits. Although she had only a primary-school education, she was taught the information that she needed to pass on in her community. Stopping at a home on her street, she rings a neighbor's doorbell. "Open up. I'm your health volunteer," she says, and instantly, the door is buzzed open.  Visit site
Hands Along the Nile (Egypt - USA) 
HANDS is an American 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is committed to building bridges between the people of Egypt and the US. In addition to its programmes of exchange and dialogue, HANDS also supports projects aimed at bringing socioeconomic stability to Egyptian communities.  Visit site
More about: Egypt  United States
Mada Clinics 
Mada Clinics offers free health care and education to the people of Northern Madagascar. Currently it operates a two room clinic in the village of Maventibao and two mobile clinics in nearby villages. Mada Clinics offers volunteer opportunities for periods of two weeks to three months or more.  Visit site
More about: Madagascar
Lessons From Paraguay 
As my Paraguayan host mother passed me a guampa of hot mate early one morning, three weeks into my five-week project, I thought, "The materials will never arrive."  Visit site
More about: Paraguay  Environment
A magical, tragic place 
Forty years ago they were a group of young women traveling into the mountains of Afghanistan. They were volunteers bringing small pox vaccine, and their job was to vaccinate everyone — infants, old people, women, men. From their sheltered lives in the United States, they thrust themselves into one of the poorest places on earth. Decades later the United Nations declared small pox had been eradicated around the world.  Visit site
Afghanistan marks Peace Day with polio vaccinations and ceasefire 
Medics with polio vaccinations pushed into some of Afghanistan's most volatile provinces on the United Nations' Peace Day Sunday, with a Taliban pledge they should not be harmed during the three-day drive. According to the World Health Organisation country representative, about 14,000 health workers and volunteers aimed to deliver vaccinations to 1.85 million children under the age of five in six provinces.  Visit site
More about: Afghanistan  Peacekeeping
A Global Health Corps: A win-win proposition? 
Center for Global Development senior fellow Mead Over thinks there's more that Americans can do overseas. Modelled on the Peace Corps, the Global Health Corps would provide young American doctors and nurses to help strengthen weak health systems.  Visit site
Training China's next generation of sight-savers 
ORBIS International's flagship Flying Eye Hospital has arrived in Harbin, China with its global team of volunteer eye care specialists and global Alliance for Sight partner, Alcon, Inc. to conduct an intensive two-week program focusing on training and equipping the next generation of Chinese eye care professionals and biomedical engineers.  Visit site
More about: China

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