Mission Camana, Peru

VOSH Santa Cruz sent a team of 30 to offer a free eye clinic in Camana, Peru from May 4th till May 12th. We received 2,505 patients with close to 1,000 children and teenagers being screened and given appointments for the next morning. We had 10 exam rooms going and a large dispensing area. We were able to offer  glasses to almost everyone, bringing back 9 prescriptions that will be made in Canada. We were there last year, so we have been able to receive 6,417 patients in 2 years out of a population  of...

2017 VOSH Texas Yearly Report

Once again, we close out the year on a positive note. Our VOSH Texas year began on March 17th with the spring clinic in Guerrero where 28 US VOSH volunteers including 2 ophthalmologists, 4 ODs & 11 SVOSH students, (9 from the University of Houston and 2 from SUNY), joined with 61 Mexican volunteers, including 5 Mexican ophthalmologists, to provide vision screenings for 1764 patients, 708 in 22 county locations and 1056 in the Guerrero clinic. Glasses were dispensed in both, 204 in the villages and 648 in the clinic. Our surgeons performed 202 cataract procedures, 2 pterygia, 24 YAG laser & 12 Argon laser treatments. However, the week preceding our clinic, a group of VOSH members from Virginia & Ohio used our facility to conduct their own vision clinic and we hope to continue this cooperation in the future with other VOSH chapters. In July, with picture perfect weather, we had 37 US VOSH volunteers including 2 ophthalmologists, 3 ODs & 10 3rd year SVOSH students from the University of Houston, along with 59 volunteers from Mexico, and our 5 loyal Mexican ophthalmologists, working only in the Guerrero facility, where they did 433 eye exams and 109 cataract surgeries, 6 iridotomies & 5 YAGs. Our retinal specialist did 33 retinal services including 12 Argon laser treatments. 215 pairs of glasses were dispensed. Also in the summer, a plastic surgery team came to our clinic in Guerrero and performed 47 cleft/palate surgeries and 32 minor surgeries. The fall clinic in September had 15 VOSH volunteers from the US, one ophthalmologist and 3 ODs, but still with about 60 Mexican volunteers, again...

Clinic Report VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti

VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti.  1014 school aged kids including teachers were seen in 4 days.  Dr. Marcha Polection, Trip Leader and Dr. Michelle Cadet, both VOSH-PA members along with volunteers and the local nurses,  provided eye examinations to 1014 children and eyeglasses to those who otherwise would not have access to eye care.  The children and the staff were very appreciative.  It was a very successful...

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...