VOSH Recognized in Foresight Magazine

VOSH and its student divison, SVOSH, is recognized by Foresight Magazine for the impact it has on the people it brings sight to, as well as the members of the organization. I anticipated to have a trip that would be clinically fulfilling yet I was mistaken, because it was much more; the trip was unforgettable, rewarding, and heartfelt. –Arieneh Tahmasian, PCO Class fo 2017 Read the full article...

President’s Insight March 2016: Bringing the World into Focus – A History of VOSH

We have something exciting happening at VOSH. Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI and VOSH Historian is writing a book, “Bringing the World into Focus – A History of VOSH”. The origin of the book came about when Michel assumed the role of VOSH historian. As he sorted through the VOSH archives, read past newsletters, legal documents and stories that have been handed down through the years, the importance of preserving this part of VOSH history became apparent. Michel, a published author, brought the proposal of a VOSH history book to the board and we are happy to see this project develop. Why is this exciting? It’s important to know who we are and part of that is where we’ve come from. Many dedicated people have moved VOSH along so that is has become the wonderful international NGO that is it. The beauty of the book is that Michel has been able to interview many of the past presidents and board members. The book chronicles the origins and advancements of VOSH over the last several decades. Want to find out more about VOSH’s expansion into Africa, our TTP (Technology Transfer Program), chapter growth, and read funny, entertaining and emotional VOSH stories? All this will be in the 150-200 page history of VOSH book. You are invited to make a donation of any amount to support the upcoming book written by noted author and fellow VOSHer, Dr. Michel Listenberger. Donations are tax deductible. If you’re generous enough to donate $1,000 by April 15, 2016 your name will be “credited” in the front of the book. Ellen L. Weiss, OD,...

Jamaican Mission Looking for ODs to Manage Glaucoma

We are an international eye care team looking for 2 ODs who are comfortable diagnosing and treating glaucoma, in addition to refracting, for a medical mission to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  10% of the patients have glaucoma.  There will be 4 ODs, 9 optometry students, and 7 volunteers.  It will be June 11-18, 2016 and cost is $500 for 7 nights at an all-inclusive resort, food, and mission costs, excluding plane fare.  Please contact Max Cheng ASAP if interested....

Mobile Eye Clinic offered to VOSH Chapters

VOSH-Montreal was offered this mobile eye clinic by the Lions Club. They are unable to use it and are offering it to other VOSH Chapters. It is fully equipped, e.g. slit lamp, etc.  If you are interested, please contact VOSH@vosh.org Brand  Ford Model Econoline E350 Year of Fabrication  1988 Origin  Canada VIN number – 1FDKE30M0JHB14397 Capacity (number of passengers)  2 Lenght  29 feet 10 inches Wideth  7 feet   8 inches    Height    10 feet  5 inches Weight – Net weight 4730 kg Km – 242500 km Color  White Combustible: diesel Other: There is a hydraulic system to balance  and stabilize the truck once it is installed. There is air conditioning and...

Mission Report: VOSH-MI January trip to Peru

Peru January 2016 In January 2016 Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI, (VOSH-MI) with a team of three St. Olaf students organized and conducted a mission trip to Cusco and Willoq, Peru. A primary focus of this mission was to explore and experience the delivery of health care to Peru.  This consisted of a college undergraduate class that began with classroom learning in Northfield, MN and continued with three weeks in Cusco, Willoq and Ariqueppa.  Three students along with myself were assigned to eye care delivery although other students had the opportunity to rotate into the eye care area of delivery.  Eighteen students participated in a January interim term class.  This was the first time for eye care to be included in this project. During the first week in Cusco we worked at an orphanage.  Other orphanages brought people into our clinic as well.  Here we saw 125 patients, mostly young people ages seven through eighteen. Here we found needs for about 25 pairs of glasses.  We also brought sunglasses from a student fundraiser for the children.  The clinic was conducted in the orphanage. During our second week we were in Willoq about an hour from Cusco.  Here we examined the local population which was almost completely speaking their local dialect of Queshwa (interpreted into spanish).  Here we saw about 125 people who were mostly adults. In all we used about 150 pairs of glasses and are storing the remaining glasses for a future trip.  There glasses made a huge difference for a lot of people since the youth certainly couldn’t afford the glasses and the Willoq community didn’t have access...