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Quechua Benefit, Peru seeking a VOSH team

Quechua Benefit (an Alpaca nonprofit, that has been providing schooling, medical, dental and eye care in Peru’s the Valley of the Condor, and in the highlands, on a regular basis for many years.  We would like to request that you might consider Chasa Chapi, a school in Chivay (Valley of the Condor) to do your 2018 spring mission trip. Please let me know, what information we could provide to you to help you in your planning processes.We are more than happy to meet with you, or your group. Sincerely, Ruthie Gohl  RN MSN ruthiegohl@gmail.comCell... read more


 The Alcon Foundation supports a free eye care clinic for elementary students at their school in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. We have a clinic scheduled for February 13-15. Approximately 200 students are in need of exams Here’s the details: *Free exams and glasses for children in need *Peachtree Elementary, Title I school located in Peachtree Corners, GA *All students were screened by Prevent Blindness *Exams for ~200 elementary-aged children February 13-15 *Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is providing lenses, frames and lab work *Remote Access Medical (RAM) is providing volunteers and equipment – have up to 10 exam lanes available *Glasses should be delivered back to students on/around March 26 Local Alcon contact: Mark McCann... read more

RAM Domestic EyeCare Team Looking for Volunteers

Remote Area Medical is hosting our 900th RAM Clinic – January 31-February 4, 2018 at the following address: RAM Clinic #900, Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building, 3301 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914  We are looking for optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, and other vision professionals to join us for one day, or all 5 days to enjoy serving those in need of vision care. Glasses will be made onsite in our mobile lab – we anticipate large crowds & would love to have VOSH professionals join us! Contact Mary Brown Email:... read more

Looking for ODs to work with in Uganda April, 2018

We are looking for a couple of ODs to work with in Uganda this coming April, 2018. Airfare will be provided by the Emirates Airline Foundation. If you are interested or know of someone who may want to go  please contact me. Work will be with Outreach to Africa (OTA) a Ugandan and USA registered non-profit. Work is in and around Fort Portal, western Uganda. OTA has a couple of clinics and an associated school. Work locations may vary depending upon local arrangements. If an Ophthalmologist is  able to volunteer, ODs may provide lots of patients for cataract surgery. Clyde Slavin, OD 360-909-3776... read more

A Message to all VOSH and SVOSH Chapters

As 2018 begins, we would like to let you know what VOSH/International® (V/I) is doing for you and your VOSH chapter. Did you know there are now 81 VOSH Chapters ​including ​35 State​, Regional ​or Global ​Chapters and 46 Student-VOSH Chapters? Truly, ​VOSH Chapters are the essence of the VOSH family. In the past few years, under the presidency of Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI, and V/I Board member Michael Ciszek, OD, Chair of the V/I Student VOSH Committee, V/I focused on improving communications and relationships with all 46 Student VOSH chapters. That included a new network of communication which easily links all SVOSH chapters, 2 SVOSH Presidents symposiums, sponsored by National Vision, Inc, increased participation of SVOSH interns, the development of a highly anticipated Student VOSH Fellowship Program, an SVOSH Members only page on the VOSH website, and more. Did you know that the students want to go on your trips? It is amazing what can be accomplished by passionate volunteers. But then again, that is the beauty of VOSH, isn’t it?This year, I have made VOSH chapter services and domestic, local VOSH efforts priorities of my term as V/I President. This means that 2018 will be a year in which you will see a lot of benefits and changes to help your chapter communicate and operate even better. VOSH is here to help you! Here are a few highlights of what is newly available to your chapters, as well as what will be developed as the year unfolds​:​ ​New Clinic Form Streamlines Missions/Clinics and Eases Essential Data Collection. ​ The most exciting new development is that V/I has developed a universal form to be used by all chapters during their... read more

Join VOSH-SD’s 43rd mission to Gomez Palacio, MX- Only airfare required

February 3-11, 2018 to Gomez Palacio, Mexico, VOSH-SD, Contact Jennifer Ness, moore300zx@yahoo.com, or sdvosh@gmail.com 605-210-3141   The Gomez Palacio Lions Club covers all of our transportation, food and lodging for the week. Doctors are only responsible for their airfare.   This is the 43rd mission to Gomez Palacio MX. We team up with the local Lions Club to serve the patients. Doctors need to bring basic equipment such as BIO, retniscope, trial lens kit. There is a slit lamp and auto-refractor at the Lions Club. Patient load is based on how many doctors we have.    Here’s a brief breakdown of the week: Saturday- arrival day- we will land in Torreon fairly late but the Lions Club will feed us and check us in to the hotel. Sunday- Mass at nearby church, lunch and set up the clinic then some sort of outing or watch the Super Bowl Monday & Tuesday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with an hour or so break for lunch Wednesday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with lunch, then a big party that night (wear dancing shoes) Thursday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with lunch Friday- clinic 9am to around 1pm, after lunch tear down clinic, rest on the afternoon is free until banquet (semi formal) Saturday- shopping, sight seeing, bbq, relax Sunday- fly... read more

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.... read more

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... read more