Chapter of the Month: VOSH-Ghana

Chapter of Month – VOSH-Ghana Flying off to a great start as the 81st VOSH chapter worldwide, our first Chapter of the Month for 2017 is VOSH-Ghana. VOSH-Ghana became a full fledged VOSH chapter in 2016 and has been extraordinarily active. Membership includes 10 certified doctors of optometry, and 3 others in diverse fields with technical support from final year students of the KNUST school of optometry. Here’s a great opportunity to work with an active chapter in Ghana who welcomes and will host VOSH chapters on a mission to Ghana. The Republic of Ghana along the Atlantic Ocean, is a territory inhabited for millenia. Present day Ghana is a multicultural nation, with a population of approximately 27 million, spanning a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Here’s the latest report from VOSH-Ghana: With financial support from rotary club of Accra west, we have successfully organised two outreach missions in two regions in Ghana. A total of 419 people have had access to free eye care with 131 free eye glasses and 266 free medication. A total of 196 have been referred to various hospitals for further management. 87 of the people referred had cataract and 45 of them had refractive error Vital eye care education provided included, printouts of informative eye health messages, information on common eye conditions, signs and symptoms of vision threatening conditions, first aid care, and common myths about the eye. We emphasize on the need for frequent eye check ups and medication compliance. VOSH-Ghana Chapter President Abena Adjei Ntim, OD, MSC outlined an active and expanded future for the chapter. “We look forward...

Eye care team donates hats for sun protection

When you provide eye exams and eyeglasses to your international patients in bright sunny countries, it’s also great to provide them with hats for sun protection!  We have given away hundreds of hats, and the people are always so grateful.  Over the past few years, I have collected a lot more hats than I can give away. I easily have over 4,000 hats in storage right now. If your team is looking for a supply of hats to donate to your patients, I have them for you!  Please contact me, and I’d be happy to get some shipped out. Thank you for serving the poor of the world! Contact Karen Norrick at...

ADEH interested in hosting optometrists

Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) is a community based, tertiary, eye care institute located in the township of Gurgaon, Haryana, India. ADEH is a unit of Arunodaya Charitable Trust (ACT). ADEH is interested in hosting Optometrists from around the globe, in batches of 2-4, to gain hands on experience in our high volume village refraction & cataract camps. ADEH provides accommodation in twin bed a/c guest room, on its campus in Sector-55, Gurgaon, India. For more information, please visit: www.actforvision.com.  Location: Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) Sector-55, Plot # NH-4, Gurgaon, Haryana 122011,...

Volunteers needed for Haiti mission

Vosh-PA is currently looking for a couple of ODs and optometry students to join them on an amazing trip to Cap Haitian, Haiti January 8-14, 2017. This a good time of year to take your high school or college-aged son or daughter on an experience of a lifetime. Please contact Dr. Diane Wilson at dianewilson1661@gmail.com for more...

Optometrists needed!

Optometrists are needed for a well-established eye team returning to Santa Ana and San Miguel, El Salvador from March 10-19, 2017. ASAPROSAR http://www.asaprosar.org/ is a leading source of eye care for Salvadorans who cannot afford eye surgery or eyeglasses. The team enjoys congeniality, excellent food, lodging, security and R&R. Contact Dr. Paul Cotran pehcotran@rcn.com if...

VOSH-CT in need of two more OD’s for January ’17 mission

VOSH-CT is running a mission to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua from January 6-14, 2017, and they are in need of two more optometrists to complete their roster. You can read about VOSH-CT’s previous missions at Drblondin.com. If interested, please email Dr. Matt Blondin, OD, at MBlond2@aol.com as soon as...