Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

A Non-Profit Organization on a Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

25th VOSH Annual Meeting 2017

Join Us October 13 & 14, 2017

Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

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Bringing the World Into Focus: The Story of VOSH

 

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Dr. Ellis Potter is awarded the Academy's 2017 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

“Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.”  Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI

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VOSH Signs Agreement to Establish First-Ever Optometry School in Haiti

Memorandum of Agreement signed for Haiti School of Optometry

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VOSH Interns Needed!

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Bringing the World Into Focus: The story of VOSH

Praise for Bringing the World Into Focus: 

“I just received a gift copy from the Board and was humbled to learn much more about VOSH/International’s beginning than I realized. I surmise no matter how much or how little each contributed, it was the dedication of many that led to a movement of growth and achievement. Now in retirement I can look back on years with VOSH and feel proud of it.”

-Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI, Director Emeritus VOSH/International

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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:... read more

VOSH-Santa Cruz , Montreal (Quebec) is looking for more ODs for 2 upcoming missions

VOSH-Santa Cruz , Montreal (Quebec) is looking for more ODs for 2 upcoming missions: Casimero Castillo, Mexico – departure November 18, 2017 with some time off after in Puerto Vallarta El Estor, Guatemala – departure February 17, 2018. This mission is a regular eye mission however there will be a follow up 2 months later when a group of ophthalmologists from Helps International, which will go down to do cataract surgeries   For questions, contact... read more

VOSH-Texas: Chapter of the Month-May 2017

VOSH-Texas has been selected as the VOSH May Chapter of the Month! For it’s extraordinary work at the Guerrero Clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico. Read on and check out the video which includes much about VOSH itself and its contributions at http://texasvosh.org/clinicvideo.html From VOSH-Texas: Vosh Texas for its commitment to the Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico clinic. This clinic was established in 1989, built out its own permanent facility and brings many disciplines to care for a very unserved population. Volunteers come to 3 or 4 VOSH sponsored clinics each year where they provide over half the indigent care in the State of Chihuahua. Our just completed March clinic saw volunteers from Mass., New Mexico, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, the Dominican Republic and Mexico work beautifully together. At any given clinic, we may provide Plastic Surgery, OBGYN, General Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Fabricating and dispensing Opticians as well as Optometry. We have equipped 9 exam rooms, three dental suites, and a surgery that can accommodate 5 eye surgeons simultaneously. We encourage SVOSH participation and have had optometry students from 5 different optometry colleges attend where they get invaluable first hand experiences.  Volunteer, Guerrero Clinic Clinic Video The Guerrero clinic provides eye and dental care to the indigent population of the State Of Chihuahua and Mexico.... read more

President’s Insight: One Week Teaching Opportunity!

One week teaching opportunity! VOSH is pleased to be a partner with the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Optometras y Opticos– ALDOO to collaborate with schools of optometry in Latin America.  ALDOO wants to encourage the schools to join and collaborate with VOSH.   One initiative from the VOSH-ALDOO collaboration is to find Optometric Educators in the US and other countries to volunteer to do one full week of lectures/workshops at the schools that form SVOSH chapters in Latin America.  We have had a few of these collaborations this past year that that have had excellent success. Several Latin American schools have expressed interest in this program. The main areas of need of several schools that ALDOO has queried are Low Vision and pediatrics.  However, we anticipate anterior Segment, contact lenses, and disease will be very helpful in the future also.  A one week course may be designed as ~ 12 hours of lecture (mornings) and four 3-hour workshops (afternoons).  Since this is a new program, we are very flexible on dates, just mindful of when it would be feasible for the volunteers.  The local schools provide room and board of the guest lecturer, as well as providing an interpreter, if needed.  If interested, please contact VOSH Director Marcela Frazier, OD, MPH, FAAO at mgfrazier@uabmc.edu... read more