The American Academy of Optometry announces VOSH/International Past President C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI as the 2017 Recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

  Dr. Ellis Potter, has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the The American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the nonprofit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. (See http://www.aaopt.org/regsite/2017-award-recipients). The coveted Brien Holden Humanitarian Award embraces a bond between the academic and  humanitarian branches of optometry. Dr. Potter, a longtime Fellow of The Academy of Optometry, demonstrates a commitment to both. As a recipient of this Award,  Dr. Potter honors the memory of Brien Holden as well as his accomplishments in VOSH/International. Ellis’ commitment to eradicate world blindness continues until this day.  Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.     Dr. Potter has a lifetime record of humanitarianism. In his community and his profession, he has been an individual that always goes above and beyond. Dr. Potter has a long and distinguished career with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, both in the International level and in his state chapter. He has been a member of VOSH-Kansas since 1994, leading over 13 VOSH clinic trips. He served in leadership positions within VOSH/International since 2009 and President from 2011-2013. He was recognized as a Fellow  of VOSH/International in 2006,  a member of the Franklin Harms Society in 2013 and awarded a Certificate of Recognition for...

Offer to host a VOSH trip in Guadalajara, Mexico

From LUCAS HANEY, OD LUKEHANEY@HOTMAIL.COM I’m not sure if it’s of value to you guys or not, but I am an O.D. living as a missionary with Y.W.A.M. here in a city south of Guadalajara, Mexico. I’m on a beautiful 3 acre campus with plenty of room to host a team. I don’t know how to lead or organize a team, but I have been involved in an Optometry mission trip before. I’m here and happy to help…for what it’s worth! God Bless, -Dr....

We are looking for a VOSH team to come to our area in Uganda

Date: 28 November 2016 Name: John Avudria Email: javudria@gmail.com Please tell us in which category to post your message: We are looking for a VOSH team to come to our area What would you like your message to say?: We cannot be thankful enough for VOSH team that visited two Hospitals in West Nile Region in Northern Uganda a few years ago. The Mission was so successful and the demand for eye care services exceeded the resources. Recently, there has been influx of refugees from South Sudan & DR Congo that has overwhelmed resources in the West Nile region. South Sudan is a region infested with Black Flies that cause River Blindness.   Healthcare facilities in the West Nile districts cannot cope with demand for health services. We are are a small charitable organization known as Nile Care Inc (www.Nilecareinc.org). We are looking for a VOSH chapter that is willing to team with us to Visit Arua & Maracha Hospitals one more time. We members of Nile Care will coordinate all logistics, Immigration paper work, Accomodation, Feeding and Local transportation from Entebbe Airport to Arua and back. If you chapter is willing to help, Please contact: John Jackson Avudria Mobile: 262-220-0292 Email:...