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HVO launches dental program in Honduras

Volunteer dentists needed to serve two-week assignments

Washington—Health Volunteers Overseas has launched a new dental program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras in El Valle de Sula (UNAH-VS).

Volunteers will assist the dental school faculty with clinical and didactic instruction by providing training for local dental students on new clinical techniques, infection control issues and the basic science behind evidence-based dentistry.

Opportunities to provide continuing education lectures and demonstrations to local dentists through the local dental association are also available to volunteers.

HVO is a private nonprofit organization committed to improving health care in developing countries through training and education. By emphasizing teaching and training rather than direct patient care, HVO aims to create an indigenous group of trained local health workers who can teach others in their communities.

The ADA sponsors HVO's dental education programs, and they are managed through the Center for International Development and Affairs. Currently HVO also has dentistry programs in Cambodia, China, Laos, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Volunteers must be current members of the American Dental Association or the Canadian Dental Association with a current license. General dentists as well as specialists are currently needed to fulfill two-week assignments in Honduras.

San Pedro Sula is the second largest city in Honduras, and Caribbean beaches are a 45-minute drive away. Roatan and the other Bay Islands are a short flight away. The archaeological site of the Mayan city of Copan, one of the largest and best restored Mayan cities in Central America, is also nearby to the southwest.

Volunteers must make their own housing arrangements. San Pedro Sula offers a range of hotels, from economy to deluxe, where volunteers can stay and HVO staff has a list of housing options.

Local ground transportation from the airport and between the volunteer's hotel and the dental school will be provided by dental school faculty.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Web site or contact Barbara Edwards at 1-202-296-0928, Ext. 13. To learn about other international volunteer opportunities, contact the ADA Center for International Development and Affairs at 1-312-440-2726 or