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Air Charity Network - Air Charity Network™ (ACN) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

Artists for a New South Africa - Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) is a nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by the disease, advance human and civil rights, educate and empower youth, and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture, and our shared pursuit of social justice.

Doctors Without Borders, USA - Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian organization working in more than 70 countries to deliver emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from health care. Each year, the organization deploys doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators and other professionals to more than 3,800 field assignments in which they work alongside locally hired staff to provide medical care.

Global Health Education Consortium - The Global Health Education Consortium is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health and human rights of underserved populations worldwide and the ability of the global workforce to meet their needs through improved education and training. GHEC members are active in more than 70 health profession schools and training programs in the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

HealthCare Volunteer - At least 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to the most basic healthcare, often because there are no health workers to take care of them. HealthCare Volunteer was founded to meet this need, and promote healthcare volunteering and work to faciliate and improve healthcare globally. HealthCare Volunteer is offers a search portal for locating volunteer opportunities in health-related fields. Volunteers can search for opportunities by keyword or location. HealthCare Volunteer is a U.S. based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

Humana People to People - Humana People to People Provides volunteer opportunities in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia in preventive health care, child aid, HIV/AIDS prevention and refugee and relief aid.

International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse (IHOC) - The International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse (IHOC) Web site is designed for health-care professionals and students who are interested in volunteer work with underserved communities at home or abroad. The IHOC Web site was begun in 1996 by a small group of faculty members and students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts. IHOC is an ongoing project maintained by the Lamar Soutter Medical Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

International Medical Corps - International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. They offer the following volunteer opportunities: emergency response volunteer, non-medical international volunteer, domestic volunteer, and additionally they have a graduate internship program.

MAP International - Since 1954, MAP International has extended a global reach to more than 115 countries delivering more than $2.4 billion in medical assistance. MAP's international programs help eliminate the causes of sickness and disease by providing free medicines, improving water supplies and knowledge about health threats like HIV/AIDS and establishing community directed health education and training. MAP offers its services to all people, regardless of their religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background.

Partners in Health - Partners in Health was founded in 1987, two years after the Clinique Bon Sauveur was set up in Cange, Haiti, to deliver health care to the residents of the mountainous Central Plateau. PIH co-founders had been working in the area for years. The Clinic was just the first of an arc of successful projects designed to address the health care needs of the residents of the poorest area in Haiti. In the 20 years since then, PIH has expanded its operations to eight other sites in Haiti and five additional countries and has launched a number of other initiatives.

Remote Area Medical® Volunteer Corps - Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne medical relief corps that provides free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States, and around the world. According to RAM, the organization has provided $33,079,038 worth of free health care to 357,368 patients with the help of 36,675 volunteers since its inception. Approximately two-thirds of this total is in the USA. Volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots, veterinarians and support workers participate in expeditions (at their own expense).

ReSurge International - ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) provides free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas. It restores the dreams of those with deformities and injuries, and impacts the world by renewing the health of thousands of children and adults each year so they can go to school, provide for their families and contribute to society.

Smile Train - Smile Train is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in New
York City with the mission of providing free corrective surgery for children with cleft lip and palate in about 80 developing countries. Founded in 1999, Smile Train focuses on providing free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals. By March 2008, Smile Train had facilitated more than 280,000 cleft surgeries in 74 countries, raising $84 million with a staff of 30 people. By 2011, it had assisted over 650,000 children.