Global Health and Volunteering Beyond Borders

A Guide for Healthcare Professionals

  • Mildred M.G. Olivier
  • Clarisse C. Croteau-Chonka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Vivian T. Yin, David Hunter Cherwek
    Pages 1-18
  3. Carl Lawson
    Pages 19-33
  4. Mary Katharine Deeley, Juan-Lorenzo Hinojosa
    Pages 63-71
  5. William Agbor-Baiyee
    Pages 73-81
  6. Alexia C. Croteau-Chonka
    Pages 103-118
  7. Alan E. Kimura
    Pages 119-135
  8. Sarwat Salim, Balamurali K. Ambati
    Pages 181-186
  9. Yi Zhang
    Pages 187-194
  10. Alan L. Robin
    Pages 195-198
  11. Marilyn T. Miller
    Pages 199-201
  12. Sidney K. Gicheru
    Pages 203-213
  13. Ridwan Shabsigh
    Pages 215-221
  14. Michel Dodard
    Pages 223-229
  15. Hector Rasgado-Flores, Yovanna Pomarico, Cecilia P. Rasgado, Patricia Sumoza
    Pages 231-242
  16. Bruce Spivey
    Pages 247-251
  17. Leela Raju, Assumpta A. Madu, Mildred M. G. Olivier
    Pages 253-258
  18. Alan L. Robin
    Pages 259-263
  19. Clarisse C. Croteau-Chonka
    Pages 265-270
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 271-303

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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mildred M.G. Olivier
    • 1
  • Clarisse C. Croteau-Chonka
    • 2
  1. 1.Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical SchoolNorth ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.And So It Begins, LLCChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98659-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98660-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals