April Chapter of the Month: VOSH-Santa Cruz-Québec

VOSH-Santa Cruz-Québec Chapter of the Month, for extraordinary humanitarian accomplishment. Read about the history and the numbers of patients served below as submitted by this amazingly active VOSH Chapter.  It is with great pride that VOSH Santa Cruz announces to have received over 200,000 patients in more than 54 missions in 8 different countries offering a free eye exam and a pair of glasses since 1999. We produce more than 8,000 pairs of new glasses in our workshop which are then given to the poor. Our warehouse of 4,000 square feet, enables us to select, analyze, and class over 15,000 pairs of glasses which we bring to each mission. As well, we distribute over 150,000 pairs of glasses to other groups. More than 100 volunteers help us to achieve all this work. We receive most of our glasses thanks to various Lions Clubs in Québec and Ontario. For the past 10 years, most of the OD students from Montreal University and from Waterloo participate in our missions, helping the ODs, opticians, and volunteers in our various missions to South America, Europe, and Africa. We also have help from OD students f rom ICO and Brisbane, Australia. In 2016, VOSH Santa Cruz was the first humanitarian group to be received by the Republic of Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, and we are returning April 28th...

ODs Needed for Jamaica Medical Mission

Jamaica Medical Mission from June 10-17, 2017.  Looking for 2 more Optometrists to join 2 ODs and 14 Optometry students to serve the rural villages near Montego Bay as part of an annual medical mission consisting of 75 doctors, nurses, and humanitarians.  AOJAH (the Alliance of Jamaican & American Humanitarians) will be diagnosing and treating glaucoma and cataracts, as well as providing free eye exams and glasses. We will be staying at the beautiful RIU International Resort in Ocho Rios.  Please let me know ASAP if interested since there is a deadline to process paperwork. Contact Maxwell.X.Cheng@kp.org Thank you!!! Maxwell Cheng, OD Chief of Optometry WLA/IVC Department of Optometry Kaiser...

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,...