HAITI OPTOMETRY PROGRAM OPENS and GETS TO WORK WITH HIGH HOPES

It did not take long for things to move into high gear for the 19 pioneering students in the new Optometry Program and clinic that opened last weekend in Haiti. Once qualified, these first generation optometrists will use their skills to address the unmet eye care need across the nation. There are currently only three optometrists and 56 ophthalmologists to serve Haiti’s population of 10 million people. Haiti has the highest levels of blindness and moderate or severe vision impairment among people aged 50 and over, in the entire Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, with the age-standardised prevalence estimated at 4.8% and 21.9% respectively. This is three times greater than some other countries in the region. VOSH/International is a major collaborating partner in the Haiti Optometry Program along with with I’Université d’État d’Haïti, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, Charity Vision, and l’Université de Montréal. Drs. Paul Halpern, Dave McPhillips, both VOSH-PA represented VOSH. Two small VOSH led outreach trips involving the new students were done the day before and after the school opening ceremony and launch event organized by Dr. David McPhillips, VOSH-PA and past VOSH/International President, on request from Brien Holden Vision Institute, a key collaborating partner. The VOSH team included winners of a Vision Source contest including doctors Thomas and Susan Quinn and Shane Foster from Ohio and Dr. Christine Bowman. Vision Source is a large organization of private practice optometrists nationwide that has contributed significant funds to the new...

VOSH-NORTHWEST recognized as CHAPTER OF THE MONTH for APRIL 2018

The amazing activity of VOSH chapters throughout the world is chronicled further by VOSH-Northwest. Superlative in its commitment and dedication, the chapter continues in the image of its long-time leader Ed Worthen who passed away much too young. VOSH-NW President Debbie McDonald submitted this short summary of the chapters startling activity ranging from Seattle to Nepal. ———- VOSH NW proudly opened the Edward Worthen Memorial Clinic on April 8, 2017. This is a clinic that will be open one Saturday a month to service the Key Peninsula area. Ed Worthen was a past president of our chapter and long time Vosher. He was in the works of planning this clinic when he suddenly passed away in December, 2016. We followed through with his dream and made it a reality. In January, 2017, we participated in the Kitsap Homeless Clinic where 75 people were seen for eye exams and glasses. This is a half-day clinic that VOSH NW has participated in for many years. We participated in the Seattle/King County Clinic, a 4 day clinic held in the heart of Seattle, in October, performing 1219 exams and dispensing 1259 pairs of glasses. November 2017 found our chapter traveling to Nepal where a total of 1350 people were seen over 5 days. For 2018, a mission trip to Uganda in September is in the works, and a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the spring of 2019 is being put...

BREAKING NEWS : HAITI OPTOMETRY SCHOOL OPENING

Today in Port Au Prince, Haiti HAITI OPTOMETRY SCHOOL OPENING Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International....

Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer elected President of VOSH-Minnesota

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)-Minnesota has elected Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, ABCMO as President during their organization’s recent annual meeting. Hinkemeyer owns PineCone Vision Center in Sartell, where she is the CEO/Clinic Director. Dr. Hinkemeyer is a long-standing member of VOSH-Minnesota and has participated in two missions to Panama and Mexico. VOSH-Minnesota is a chapter of VOSH/International and is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the vision needs of people around the world who cannot afford or do not have access to vision care. Since 1979, VOSH-Minnesota has organized one or more eye care mission trips per year to various countries around the world. “Vision and access to quality vision care is something we sometimes take for granted. Providing this service for those in need is rewarding and humbling at the same time.” says Hinkemeyer. All year-round members of VOSH-Minnesota sort, catalog and pack donated eyeglasses which are taken on these missions to distribute to those in need after a thorough eye exam. “We are so thankful for the donated eyewear we have received, it is amazing to place a pair of donated glasses on someone and see their face light up. It is something you don’t forget.” says Hinkemeyer of her experience. If you wish to support VOSH-Minnesota’s mission, used eyeglasses and monetary donations can be dropped off at PineCone Vision Center or for more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit voshminnesota.org. FOR INFORMATION CALL: Jennifer Novak, Vice President of Operations, PineCone Vision Center (320)...

Seva Canada believes that women and girls are as deserving of sight as men and boys and hopes that Canadians join their movement for equity in the treatment of blindness.

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/08/1418316/0/en/Blindness-is-a-Women-s-Issue.html See also August 2017 paper which notes that there were 253 million people with visual impairment—and a staggering 1.1 billion people with near vision impairment–in 2015. This Vision Loss Expert Group paper sets the stage for an updated IAPB Vision Atlas on World Sight Day...

VOSH-MINNESOTA named V/I March 2018 Chapter of the Month

VOSH-MINNESOTA COMPLETES 100TH MISSION VOSH-Minnesota hit the century mark in missions as reported by long time chapter President and Jim Hess, OD, a 2016 recipient of the VOSH/International Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award.  After serving for 30 years of dedicated service as Chapter President, Jim stepped down over the last weekend. Filling the formidable shoes is newly elected VOSH-MN President Stacy Hinkemeyer-Colatrella, OD, FAAO. We salute Jim Hess and our best wishes to Stacy as she takes over the leadership role for VOSH-MN.  The Chapter of the Month cited VOSH-MN for its long history much of which had Jim Hess at its helm: “VOSH-Minnesota is proud of its history and leadership. One of the original VOSH chapters, Minnesota went on its first mission in 1976 and has lead at least one trip per year ever since, traveling to 31 different countries. We just completed our 100th mission last year, and trip 101 ready to leave next month. Our history of leadership has provided 2 VOSH/International presidents, including its first, Dr. Russ...