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Neilesh Patel

Neilesh Patel Project: HealthCare Volunteer
Age: 26
Site: www.healthcarevolunteer.com

Short Bio: Linking healthcare workers to volunteer opportunities worldwide

Long Bio: Patel launched HealthCare Volunteer in 2005 as a free service to connect volunteers with health-related opportunities around the world. “Since health volunteers are busy, we wanted to create an online system that would enable them to quickly and seamlessly find volunteering opportunities anywhere they wish,” says Patel. Today, the HealthCare Volunteer Network encompasses 1,500 volunteers spanning over 150 countries. These volunteers – including dentists, physicians, medical students, and dental assistants – provide a range of services to those in need, including free surgeries and dental care. HealthCare Volunteer’s online database has facilitated more than 10,000 volunteer connections through its listing of 1,900 volunteering organizations. HealthCare Volunteer is currently establishing relationships with Ministries of Health in various developing countries in order to place volunteers in understaffed government hospitals and clinics. Its “Project Requirements” offers up-to-date information on laws, licensing, visa requirements, and application procedures related to volunteering within a range of countries. See Neil featured on CNN: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfgKo3SLW5Y



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