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'''''The Health of the Volunteer''''' is an annual report published by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Peace Corps Office of Medical Services (OMS), which contains information on health conditions experienced by Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees during the preceding calendar year. The report reflects OMS’s mission to monitor and evaluate trends in health conditions of Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees. It provides Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs), Volunteers, and agency staff with information on global and regional health conditions and trends in order to focus prevention efforts. The most current report is [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/HOV2008.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2008''']. You can also view [[health care and safety by country]].
  
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==Data analysis==
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See also:<br>
 
[http://community.livejournal.com/pc4women/ Peace Corps 4 Women]<br>
 
''"This is a resource, forum, and community for women interested in, applying to, serving in, and/or returning from the Peace Corps."''
 
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Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues by country]]
 
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===Incidence Rates===
  
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Incidence refers to the number of new cases of a disease or condition. An incidence rate is the proportion of new cases within a population at risk. These rates are usually multiplied by a constant (100, 1,000, or 10,000) to transform them into a number larger than one.
  
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In '''''The Health of the Volunteer''''', incidence rates are expressed as rates per 100 VT years. These rates are calculated by dividing the number of new cases of disease by the total number of Volunteer-trainee years (VT years) served in the year being studied and then multiplying by 100.
  
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In these calculations the number of cases is used and not the number of Volunteers. In some instances, such as acute diarrhea, a Volunteer may experience multiple cases of a disease during a year. In these instances each case has been counted separately.
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Benin#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Benin]]<br>
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===Volunteer-trainee Years===
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Botswana#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Botswana]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Burkina Faso#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Burkina Faso]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cameroon#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Cameroon]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cape Verde#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Cape Verde]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ethiopia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Ethiopia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_The Gambia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in The Gambia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ghana#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Ghana]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guinea#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Guinea]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kenya#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Kenya]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Lesotho#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Lesotho]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Madagascar#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Madagascar]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Malawi#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Malawi]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mali#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Mali]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mauritania#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Mauritania]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mozambique#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Mozambique]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Namibia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Namibia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Niger#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Niger]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Rwanda#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Rwanda]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Senegal#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Senegal]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_South Africa#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in South Africa]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Swaziland#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Swaziland]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Tanzania#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Tanzania]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Togo#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Togo]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Uganda#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Uganda]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Zambia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Zambia]]<br>
 
  
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Volunteer-trainee years (VT years) were first used in '''''The Health of the Volunteer''''' in 1998. Since arriving and departing Volunteers often serve less than the full calendar year, VT years include only the length of time each Volunteer and trainee actually served. Incidence rates calculated using VT years are more accurate than incidence rates using the number Volunteers as the denominator because VT years consider both the number of individuals and the length of time they were at risk.
  
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===Female Volunteer-trainee Years===
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Rates for pregnancy and gynecological infections are given per 100 female VT years. Since these two conditions affect only females, male Volunteers have been excluded from the denominator in these calculations.
  
  
==[[Asia]]==
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==Past Reports==
  
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[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/HOV2008.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2008''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2007.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2007''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2006.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2006''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2005.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2005''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2004.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2004''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2003.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2003''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2002.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2002''']<br>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/FOIAdocs/HOV2001.pdf The Health of the Volunteer '''2001''']<br>
  
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cambodia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Cambodia]]<br>
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Reports prior to 1987 do not exist.  The Fourth Quarter 1991 Report, Epidemiological Surveillance System, the former name of the Health of the Volunteer report, is located at National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland. Previously, there used to be a combined Health and Safety of the Volunteer report.
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_China#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in China]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mongolia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Mongolia]] <br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Philippines#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Philippines]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Thailand#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Thailand]]<br>
 
  
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''(Note: All documents were obtained from Peace Corps, by request, using the [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=pchq.policies.foia Freedom of Information Act] and are in public domain)''
  
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==See also==
[[Image:Map_Asia.gif|right]]
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[[The Safety of the Volunteer]]<br>
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[[Medical Clearance System]]
  
  
==[[Central America and Mexico]]==
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[[Category:FOIA Documents]]
 
 
 
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Belize#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Belize]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Costa Rica#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Costa Rica]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_El Salvador#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in El Salvador]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guatemala#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Guatemala]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Honduras#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Honduras]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mexico#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Mexico]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Nicaragua#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Nicaragua]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Panama#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Panama]]<br>
 
 
 
 
 
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[[Image:Map_cen_america_mex.gif|right]]
 
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==[[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]==
 
 
 
{| style="width:100%"
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Albania#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Albania]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Armenia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Armenia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Azerbaijan#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Azerbaijan]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Bulgaria#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Bulgaria]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Georgia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Georgia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kazakhstan#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Kazakhstan]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kyrgyzstan#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Macedonia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Macedonia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Moldova#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Moldova]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Romania#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Romania]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Turkmenistan#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Turkmenistan]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ukraine#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Ukraine]]<br>
 
 
 
 
 
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[[Image:Map_east_eu_caucasas.gif|right]]
 
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==[[North Africa and the Middle East]]==
 
 
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Jordan#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Jordan]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Morocco#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Morocco]]<br>
 
 
 
 
 
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[[Image:Map_north_africa_mid_east.gif|right]]
 
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==[[South America]]==
 
 
 
{| style="width:100%"
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Bolivia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Bolivia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ecuador#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Ecuador]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guyana#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Guyana]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Paraguay#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Paraguay]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Peru#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Peru]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Suriname#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Suriname]]<br>
 
 
 
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[[Image:Map_south_america.gif|right]]
 
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==[[The Caribbean]]==
 
 
 
 
 
{| style="width:100%"
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Dominican Republic#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Dominican Republic]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_the Eastern Caribbean#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in the Eastern Caribbean]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guyana#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Guyana]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Jamaica#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Jamaica]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Suriname#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Suriname]]<br>
 
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[[Image:Map_caribbean.gif|right]]
 
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==[[The Pacific Islands]]==
 
 
 
{| style="width:100%"
 
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Fiji#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Fiji]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kiribati#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Kiribati]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Micronesia#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Micronesia]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Samoa#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Samoa]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Tonga#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Tonga]]<br>
 
[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Vanuatu#Possible_Issues_for_Female_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Vanuatu]]<br>
 
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The Health of the Volunteer is an annual report published by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Peace Corps Office of Medical Services (OMS), which contains information on health conditions experienced by Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees during the preceding calendar year. The report reflects OMS’s mission to monitor and evaluate trends in health conditions of Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees. It provides Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs), Volunteers, and agency staff with information on global and regional health conditions and trends in order to focus prevention efforts. The most current report is The Health of the Volunteer 2008. You can also view health care and safety by country.

Data analysis

Incidence Rates

Incidence refers to the number of new cases of a disease or condition. An incidence rate is the proportion of new cases within a population at risk. These rates are usually multiplied by a constant (100, 1,000, or 10,000) to transform them into a number larger than one.

In The Health of the Volunteer, incidence rates are expressed as rates per 100 VT years. These rates are calculated by dividing the number of new cases of disease by the total number of Volunteer-trainee years (VT years) served in the year being studied and then multiplying by 100.

In these calculations the number of cases is used and not the number of Volunteers. In some instances, such as acute diarrhea, a Volunteer may experience multiple cases of a disease during a year. In these instances each case has been counted separately.

Volunteer-trainee Years

Volunteer-trainee years (VT years) were first used in The Health of the Volunteer in 1998. Since arriving and departing Volunteers often serve less than the full calendar year, VT years include only the length of time each Volunteer and trainee actually served. Incidence rates calculated using VT years are more accurate than incidence rates using the number Volunteers as the denominator because VT years consider both the number of individuals and the length of time they were at risk.

Female Volunteer-trainee Years

Rates for pregnancy and gynecological infections are given per 100 female VT years. Since these two conditions affect only females, male Volunteers have been excluded from the denominator in these calculations.


Past Reports

The Health of the Volunteer 2008
The Health of the Volunteer 2007
The Health of the Volunteer 2006
The Health of the Volunteer 2005
The Health of the Volunteer 2004
The Health of the Volunteer 2003
The Health of the Volunteer 2002
The Health of the Volunteer 2001

Reports prior to 1987 do not exist. The Fourth Quarter 1991 Report, Epidemiological Surveillance System, the former name of the Health of the Volunteer report, is located at National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland. Previously, there used to be a combined Health and Safety of the Volunteer report.

(Note: All documents were obtained from Peace Corps, by request, using the Freedom of Information Act and are in public domain)

See also

The Safety of the Volunteer
Medical Clearance System