Nihon Hospital Volunteer Association (NHVA) is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the social welfare in Japan through supporting hospital volunteers and hospital volunteer organizations which offer relief and comfort to the people coming to and staying at hospitals. NHVA provides various consultion and adsvice to support hospital volunteerism for sound progress and promotion in the field of health care and social welfare.
Consultation and advice
・Consultation in volunteer sevices
・Request to hold training courses and lectures
・Inquiry about hopitals for volunteer services
・Personal sesire for
volunteer services … etc.
・How to start hospital volunteer servives
・Types of available volunteer servives
・How to recruit volunteers
・Guidance for introduction of volunnteer services
・How to coordinate volunteer services
・Volunteer’s uniform…. etc.
The History of Nihon Hospital Volunteer Association
Ms.Fusako Hirose MD, the first president of NHVA, traveled to the US by
invitation of the Dep. of State for Personnel-Exchange Program. She
observed volunteers in service at the Mount Auburn Hospital in the
suburbs of Boston, and was deeply impressed.
1962. Ms. Hirose’s proposal for providing volunteer services was accepted by
Yodogawa Christian Hospital.
She initiated volunteer services with three beauticians.
1970.The Hospital Liaison Committee was formed (11 hospitals in the Hanshin
region joined as members).
1974.The first General Conference of NHVA was held to consolidate the
organization (34 hospitals in Kansai, Kanto, Chubu and Hokuriku regions
participated in the Association)
2000. NPO Nihon Hospital Volunteer Association started.
2012. 216 hospital volunteer groups(13,000 volunteers) are members of NHVA.
NHVA is supported by the following membership.
(1) Regular member Annual Dues：￥3,000
Volunteer groups affiliated to NHVA and directors of NHVA
(2) Supporting member (organization) Annual
Hospitals where affiliated volunteer groups provide services and other
organizations that consent to the purport of NHVA and support it’s activity.
(3) Supporting member (individual ) Annual
Dues：in unit of
Individuals that consent to the purport of NHVA and support it’s activity.
Member will get the NHVA bulletin and can attend the courses and lectures for
For inquiries, please email us, NHVA
The mark expresses two hands tied together as a symbol of unity and continuation. In 1977, Ms.Fusako Hirose MD, the first president of NHVA devised a badge of NHVA with this design to present it at the annual general meeting of NHVA as a token of gratitude to the people who have offered volunteer services over 1000 hours.