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Global Health and Volunteering Beyond Borders

A Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Editors: Olivier, Mildred M.G., Croteau-Chonka, Clarisse (Eds.)

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  • Prepares students and first-time volunteers to be effective helpers locally and globally
  • Discusses topics such as appreciation of differing cultures, an understanding of the local economic conditions, a willingness to learn from new experiences, and strategies for collaborating with the existing medical establishment
  • Provides pathways to integrate long-range learning on the part of the volunteer and skills transfer to local personnel
  • Discusses the pitfalls to be avoided when volunteering abroad, including cultural ignorance, lack of background in local medical conditions, assuming that there is only one way to treat patients, and medical voyeurism
  • Written and edited by leading experts in the field  
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About this book

Global Health and Volunteering: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals is designed to educate volunteers to be effective partners in delivering medical services locally and globally.  Healthcare professionals are increasingly interested in global health and volunteering in areas of acute need.  The biggest challenge to health in many locales is the inability to access the health care system.  When people do connect with medical services, medications and surgical opportunities for chronic disease (i.e. glaucoma, diabetes, or hypertension) are often not affordable or cannot be sustained for a long period of time. 

The contributions in this book focus on a respectful dialog with local people and a willingness to learn from new experiences on the part of the volunteer.  Skills transfer from visiting personnel to local providers is featured as a means to enhance healthcare sustainability.

An appreciation of differing cultures, an understanding of the local economic conditions and challenges, and strategies for collaborating with the existing medical establishment are foundations of successful volunteer experiences as highlighted in this book.  Dimensions of global health such as professionalism, religious beliefs, ethical dilemmas, traditional medicine, and alternative strategies for service are addressed by experts.

Written and edited by leaders in the field, many of whom have more than two decades of experience volunteering abroad, Global Health and Volunteering: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals imparts lessons learned to help the reader avoid initial mistakes, while making the global health commitment stronger.

About the authors

Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD FACS

Professor of Surgery, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science / Chicago Medical School

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Director of Global Health, CEO Midwest Glaucoma Center, PC

Glaucoma Consultant John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Hoffman Estates IL, USA

 

Clarisse Croteau-Chonka, PhD

And So It Begins, LLC

Chicago, IL, USA


Reviews

“The audience is primarily physicians. … It enables readers to self‐reflect on the reasons they would like to volunteer and how they would like to make an impact with their services. Since most healthcare professionals volunteer through an organization, it would have been helpful to discuss how to perform a critical evaluation and assessment of these organizations, as well as to provide guidance on how to find an organization that would best fit one's volunteering objectives.” (Mary Smith, Doody's Book Reviews, September 13, 2019)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • An Overview of Global Health for the Healthcare Professional

    Pages 1-18

    Yin, Vivian T. (et al.)

  • Global Health Education

    Pages 19-33

    Lawson, Carl

  • Perspectives on Global Health and Volunteerism for Healthcare Providers: The Importance of Preparation, Identification and Management of Infectious Diseases, and Mitigation of Other Risks

    Pages 35-50

    Maxwell, Celia J. (et al.)

  • What Could Go Wrong?: Providing a Moral Grounding to the Ethics of Short-Term Medicine

    Pages 51-62

    McCarthy, Michael (et al.)

  • Religious Foundations for Global Health Missions

    Pages 63-71

    Deeley, Mary Katharine (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98660-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98659-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Health and Volunteering Beyond Borders
Book Subtitle
A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
Editors
  • Mildred M.G. Olivier
  • Clarisse Croteau-Chonka
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98660-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98660-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-98659-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 303
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour
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