VOSH-AZ Clinic Reports

VOSH-Arizona March 13, 2014 By David Stacy Our 2014 mission took place from February 24-February 28 at the Centro Amah Altares, a community center in South Hermosillo. Although Hermosillo is the capital of Sonora, Mexico and many people have access to services, those most in need do not. The VOSH ARIZONA 2014 mission served 3617 patients in need of eye care. We dispensed 1617 prescription glasses and 1423 reading glasses. Each person received sunglasses and cases for their glasses. Special glasses are being made by volunteer labs and opticians in America for 137 patients whose needs could not be met by our inventory of glasses. Our VOSH ARIZONA volunteers from Tucson and Phoenix were joined by volunteers from North Dakota, Oregon and California. We had 14 student volunteers from the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University in Phoenix who not only observed but were able to help in auto-refraction and refraction. Several of the second and third year students have joined us before. We had 8 volunteer O.D.s, two opticians and a return volunteer ophthalmologist. We came by car, by plane and by bus. Many of our volunteers came a day early to set-up and prepare our site for the more than 3500 patients we would see in the four days of our mission. We were joined again by our friend and mentor, Ed York, a very active ‘operations and do whatever needs to be done’ guy. This year he not only tended to our needs at the mission itself but he and his colleague, Reyes, from Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico generously provided an large fifth wheel travel trailer...

VOSH- Santa Cruz, Quebec, Canada Clinic Reports

VOSH- Santa Cruz, Quebec, Canada by PIerre Labine Le 2 déc. 14 Salut à tous  Nous sommes revenus de la mission au Mexique après une clinique de 7 jours . Pour des raisons  hors du contrôle de nos hôtes, le site a été changé de Mazamitla à Gomez Farias à 10 kms au nord de Guzman 3 jours avant notre arrivée. Nous avons reçu 2,180 patients sur une population de 10,000 personnes. Comme d’habitude au Mexique nos hôtes le maire et sa femme nous ont bien accueillis et nous avons rencontré des gens très sympathiques. Merci à tous l’équipe qui a œuvré pour répondre aux besoins des gens. L’an prochain, la mission aura lieu à LaBarca au Club Rotary. Hello everyone We have just returned from the mission to Mexico where we held a 7 day clinic. Because of unforeseen problems, the mission site was changed from Mazamitla to Gomez Farias abour 10 kms north of Guzman 3 days before our arrival. We received 2,180 patients in a town of 10,000. As usual, our host the mayor and his wife offered us a warm welcome and we met some fine people who volunteered their time to be with us. Thanks to the team who diligently worked to respond to the needs of the people. The mission next  year in Mexico will be in Labarca hosted by the Rotary...