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February 2010



In This Edition

Responding to Natural Disaster in Haiti

Upcoming Missions

WHA in the Press

Grant News

3rd Annual Gala: The Results Are In



Haiti Earthquake Disaster
WHA working to assist with Haiti recovery effort

The recent 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti devastated this impoverished Caribbean nation and blanketed its citizens with unimaginable suffering and misery.

The medical needs of the Haitian people will cont
Haiti Earthquake survivorsinue, and perhaps be even greater, once the immediate rescue phase is completed.  WHA is exploring an opportunity to send a team of medical personnel to Haiti in March 2010 in partnership with the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH Haiti).  NOAH Haiti is a non-profit organization established in 1991 to advance humanitarian efforts and initiatives in Haiti.  The WHA team would help staff a field clinic set up by NOAH Haiti.

WHA members are planning an event in the coming months to raise funds for WHA's own mission, as well as for other organizations, such as the Red Cross, that are assisting in Haiti.  Please contact us immediately if you are interested in helping with the Haiti medical relief or fund raising effort.


Mission Update


WHA will embark on its next missions in May and November 2010. 

From May 14-21, a small team of physicians will provide training for doctors at Vietnamthe school of health sciences in Buon Me Thuot in Central Vietnam.  They will also assess the medical needs of the local population in preparation for the November mission.  WHA is still looking for one or two more physicians interested in clinical medical teaching to residents and physicians to participate in this mission.  Please contact us if you are interested in participating.


The results of the May assessment-trip will form the basis for the larger medical, dental and educational mission to Buon Me Thuot from October 30 - November 14.  WHA is looking for a full team of doctors, dentists and pharmacists to conduct this mission.  Previous mission members have described their experience with WHA as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."  If you are interested in joining this mission, please let us know as soon as you can ---we are already putting together the team.  And don't forget to save up your vacation days!

In addition, WHA recently agreed with the Government of Nepal to conduct a medical and denNepali childtal relief mission to that country in 2011.  As one of the poorest countries in Asia, half of Nepal's population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.  WHA will work hard to extend its helping hand to the people of Nepal.  In May 2010, several members of the Vietnam assessment team will also visit Nepal to conduct an initial assessment in preparation for the 2011 mission. 

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WHA in the News


Over the past few months, WHA has been featured in news articles in the Asian Fortune and Sun Gazette newspapers.  Click here to read all about it!

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WHA Awarded a Google Grant


WHA has been selected by Google as a recipient of a Google Ads grant.  This highly-selective grant provides WHA with free advertising space on Google.  Our thanks to Hung Nguyen for preparing and submitting the successful grant request to Google!

In preparation for the launch of WHA's Google Ads, we will be rolling out a completely redesigned website.  Look for it in the coming weeks! 

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Blue Lantern Benefit Wrap-up


World Health Ambassador's Blue Lantern Benefit, held on November 8 at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, was a sold out event with more than 320 guests.  While many guests came from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, others traveled from as far as Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Georgia and Vietnam to attend.

The Director of WHA's Medical Teams, Dr. Bonnie Cohen, and WHA mission member, Dr. Ashok Chauhan, provided first-hand accounts of the medical needs seen on WHA missions, as well as their personal experiences as WHA volunteers.  WHA Director, Dr. Thien Do, described the results of WHA's 2008 mission to Laos, during which WHA volunteers treated more than 1,500 patients.  The evening included dinner, a show by renowned singer Khanh Ha, a casino and auctions. 

The Blue Lantern Benefit raised more than $35,000 for WHA.  Corporate sponsors included PNC Bank, SunTrust Bank, Advantage Settlement, and Allstate Insurance.  As WHA's visibility and reputation has grown, donations from private citizens exceeded the amounts raised in previous years.  Proceeds from the Blue Lantern Benefit will fund WHA's upcoming missions.  A full medical relief mission by WHA typically costs approximately $60,000, thus, our fundraising effort still has a way to go.  Visit our website to see how you can contribute and help.

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Thank you for your continued support of World Health Ambassador.  Please help us spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your colleagues and friends who may be interested in volunteering or supporting WHA. 

Reaching around the globe to help others in times of need.

World Health Ambassador

Thien Do, M.D., Director
Doanh Lu, M.D., Vice-Director
Hien T. Vo, J.D., Chief Operating Officer
Nu Dang, D.D.S., Treasurer



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