Mission Report: VOSH-Santa Cruz to Peru 2016

(This report was emailed to Executive Director, Natalie Venezia, following VOSH-Santa Cruz’s mission to Peru in August 2016.) Hello Natalie, Just returned from our mission to Peru. We were able to receive 2,761 patients during the clinic. We were 44 on the team. It was a clinic where we received a lot of children, and I have a number of glasses to make since it seems all the children had minus 4 – minus 6 cyls!! It was the second time we used our new Spot Vision check, and it was quite impressive. We have managed to use it with a portable WIFI, which enables us to print all the info on a self-adhesive label. Welch Allyn told us that it was not possible to do so, but our technician proved them wrong. We are starting a new project in the fall to reach out to schools in Montreal that are in poorer areas of the city to assure that the school children who need glasses have them. We are going to do screening in the schools and then give them a coupon that will enable them to receive a free eye exam, which is paid for by the government for children. Then the foundation will pay for the glasses. By the way, I am overstocked in new frames, plus I have a quantity of analyzed single vision minus glasses (men’s and women’s), as well as women’s positive and negative bifocals. They are all labelled. P.S. A filming crew came to Peru to film for two days and will do another two days of filming at our warehouse Sep 17-18. They...

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...

VOSH-KY Clinic Reports

February 2015 VOSH-KY just returned from Guatemala.  We had another successful trip. We had a eyeglass team of 12 with 3 ODs.  We worked adjucted to a surgery to a surgery team which I recruited a few years ago. They did about 42 surgeries.  They don’t have an exact count as they are awaiting results of post op to yet be sent as people recover.  Their best guess is that 1/2 were cataract and the other pterygium. The eyeglass team saw 1178 people.  It was impossible to say how many glasses were dispensed as we had to write a number of Rx’s to be filled locally (we gave them frames) as the showed strong astigmatic corrections and those were not in our extensive collection. Greg Hagedorn...