ODs Needed for Mission to Nigeria

The African Primary Healthcare Foundation has an Eye Care Medical Mission to Nigeria on January 5 – January 12, 2018 and is looking for VOSH ODs to join them. Please contact Magdalen U. Emeruwa, M.Sc., Secretary, Tel: (951) 533-6633, contact@aph-foundation.org....

Recap of the VOSH 25th Annual Meeting

VOSH/International hosted its 25th annual meeting on October 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  Ninety- two people attended a full day of speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors and networking. There were speakers from around the world including the USA, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, El Salvador and Nicaragua. These speakers highlighted how VOSH/International and VOSH chapters have truly become an international force for optometry by providing care with local optometry and helping to educate optometry students in new optometry schools.  As VOSH moves to collaborates with local optometry and health care, our impact has become greater. Also at the Annual Meeting, there were two awards given for exemplary service.  The Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Sandra Bury of Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Dr. Bury has been active in VOSH-Illinois since 1995.  She participates in both local and international clinic trips and, in addition, Dr. Bury is the mayor of her town. The Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Ellis Potter. Dr. Potter has had a lifetime of service as a Boy Scout, Rotarian and Optometrist.  Notably, Dr. Potter also became the first ever recipient of the American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award.  He received this award at the 2017 AAO meeting immediately preceding the VOSH/International meeting. To read Dr. Potter’s powerful remarks when accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, please click here. Both Drs. Bury and Potter are classic examples of the people involved in VOSH.  People with big hearts that have volunteerism as an essential part of who they are.  These two and the other nominees for the Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the...

Looking for a team in Papua New Guinea

Hello from Susan Caddell, I work with medical recruitment for YWAM Ships. We do medical missions to remote locations where no hospitals exists. I am asking if we may partner with a VOSH chapter, specifically, to help us get referrals for optometrists and ophthalmologists to serve on the m/v Pacific Link in Papua New Guinea. Last year we did 9,255 optometric consultations, including 181 cataract surgeries. Obviously, our need is great! This link gives more information: https://ywamships.net/medical/  Sincerely,  Susan Caddell medicalvolunteers@ywamships.net...

International Eye Care Team Looking for Volunteers

VOSH Santa Cruz is going to  Guatemala  February 14th till February  24th  in collaboration with HELPS. We will be doing standard clinic with eye exams  however we will  passing on the referals to Dr Morton who will be going down 2 months later to do surgeries. We are looking for more ODs for the mission. Please contact Pierre Labine at...