President’s Insight April 2016: A New Chapter in and for Ghana

Congratulations to one of our newly formed VOSH chapters in Ghana, ably led by Dr. Abena Ntim, OD MSC, who had their first outreach mission in March. Dr. Ntim and VOSH Ghana, in conjunction with Rotary Club of Accra West, organised a free eye screening and education for the people of Kitase and the surrounding community on March 19, 2016. VOSH and the Rotarians, 24 optometry students from KNUST School of Optometry and local dignitaries worked together on this historical event. Held at the Kitase primary school, Dr. Ntim reports that “the program started at 9am in the morning with a brief education on how to take care of the eyes and some symptoms of common eye problems that need medical attention. A total of 152 people were screened with 55 children and 97 adults. 74 of them were given eye glasses and 81 of them received medication. 48 of them were also referred to the nearest eye center for further management.” Dr. Ntim also shared that “Common eye conditions seen were cataract, glaucoma, retinopathies, refractive errors, presbyopia and allergic conjunctivitis. The commonest eye condition seen in the children was vernal conjunctivitis and among the elderly was presbyopia. Cataract and refractive error were the second highest in the adults and children respectively.” The VOSH Technology Transfer Program (TTP) was able to provide acuity charts, trial lens sets, ophthalmoscopes and retinoscopes to VOSH Ghana. Arrangements are being made to supply them with more scopes, trial lens sets and trial frames, pen lights, readers and frames for their future outreach clinics. Dr. Ntim has the admirable goal of four outreach clinics a year. Thanks to Dr. Mark Rakoczy, OD , from VOSH-PA for providing mentorship to Dr....

Chapters: Annual Meeting Posters

Create a poster to share with others what your chapter is doing! The Poster Session at the Annual Meeting will allow for interact between chapters, sharing of stories, ideas and resources. In addition, the poster that your chapter will be creating can be used as a promotional and recruitment tool for your Chapter in the future.   We are requesting one poster per Chapter. To be uniform, we are requesting everyone use the 24″x36″ size on glossy paper.  Several companies were evaluated for cost, ease of use and quick printing time. The company we are using is: Makesigns.com. The cost to your chapter for the 24″ by 36″ posters is about $22.00 plus shipping. To give you an idea about timeline to have these made, the posters are printed and shipped within one business day of receiving them (posters received before noon central time on any given business day are actually printed and shipped out on the same day). Then the delivery time simply depends on what shipping method you choose. The company offers everything from FedEx Ground, which can take up to 5 business days, to FedEx Next Business Day which would arrive the next business day after it is shipped. Our VOSH template is flexible. You can add text, images, tables or charts as you wish. It would be great to attach your new VOSH Chapter logo! Attached is the template you can use to create your poster and upload the results. Also, you can go to the company website, makesigns.com, and on the home page along the top there is a template tab, under this is a ‘Custom School Template’. Our...

VOSH Recognized in Foresight Magazine

VOSH and its student divison, SVOSH, is recognized by Foresight Magazine for the impact it has on the people it brings sight to, as well as the members of the organization. I anticipated to have a trip that would be clinically fulfilling yet I was mistaken, because it was much more; the trip was unforgettable, rewarding, and heartfelt. –Arieneh Tahmasian, PCO Class fo 2017 Read the full article...

Mission Report: VOSH-MI January trip to Peru

Peru January 2016 In January 2016 Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI, (VOSH-MI) with a team of three St. Olaf students organized and conducted a mission trip to Cusco and Willoq, Peru. A primary focus of this mission was to explore and experience the delivery of health care to Peru.  This consisted of a college undergraduate class that began with classroom learning in Northfield, MN and continued with three weeks in Cusco, Willoq and Ariqueppa.  Three students along with myself were assigned to eye care delivery although other students had the opportunity to rotate into the eye care area of delivery.  Eighteen students participated in a January interim term class.  This was the first time for eye care to be included in this project. During the first week in Cusco we worked at an orphanage.  Other orphanages brought people into our clinic as well.  Here we saw 125 patients, mostly young people ages seven through eighteen. Here we found needs for about 25 pairs of glasses.  We also brought sunglasses from a student fundraiser for the children.  The clinic was conducted in the orphanage. During our second week we were in Willoq about an hour from Cusco.  Here we examined the local population which was almost completely speaking their local dialect of Queshwa (interpreted into spanish).  Here we saw about 125 people who were mostly adults. In all we used about 150 pairs of glasses and are storing the remaining glasses for a future trip.  There glasses made a huge difference for a lot of people since the youth certainly couldn’t afford the glasses and the Willoq community didn’t have access...

Sint Maarten Lions Club is looking for a VOSH Chapter to lead a clinic trip to Sint Maarten (Dutch Caribbean)

I am a member of the Sint Maarten Lions Club in the Dutch Caribbean. In 2001 our Lions Club brought Canadian Vision Care to the island of Sint Maarten and a group of Ophtomotrist tested the eyes of some 5000 elementary school children and donated some 350 eyeglasses to children needing them. We would like to repeat this beautiful project in the fall of 2016. We will be more than happy if your organization can assist us to realize the screening of all elementary school children this year. Our Club has been involved in sight projects on the island for the past 45 years and have done eye screening and have donated hundreds of eyeglasses to the less fortunate and children. We would appreciate if you could accept to come down to Sint Maarten and screen the eyes of our children and senior citizens. All costs will be covered by our Club either through our own fundraising, corporate sponsorship or a grant from Lions Clubs International. I have been charged with the organization of this project by our incoming president. Please have your group contact promptly if you have interest. Wally Havertong, PDG, PMJF whavertong@caribserve.net 11 Amaryllis Road, Mary’s Fancy Sint Maarten (Dutch...