Jamaican Mission Looking for ODs to Manage Glaucoma

We are an international eye care team looking for 2 ODs who are comfortable diagnosing and treating glaucoma, in addition to refracting, for a medical mission to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  10% of the patients have glaucoma.  There will be 4 ODs, 9 optometry students, and 7 volunteers.  It will be June 11-18, 2016 and cost is $500 for 7 nights at an all-inclusive resort, food, and mission costs, excluding plane fare.  Please contact Max Cheng ASAP if interested....

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...

Volunteers wanted for 2016 Jamaica clinics

Great Shape, Inc is looking for volunteers to attend their 2016 Jamaica clinics. The trips will travel to Negril, Jamaica October 7-17 and to Ocho Rios, Jamaica October 14-24. The clinics seek to serve 1500 Jamaicans at each clinic over 4.5 clinic days and include general nursing services and cataract surgery as well. Lodgings will be at Sandals resorts. Contact Tiffany at tiffanygsjamaica@gmail.com if interested. See thier poster for info: iCARE 2016 Invitation...

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...

Volunteers Needed for Madagascar Sustainable Clinic

Do you have an interest in leading a VOSH mission trip to Madagascar to provide eye care service, while training and mentoring local eye care professionals? Two recent graduates from the School of Optometry in Mali are looking to establish sustainable eye care in their home country of Madagascar and are interested in partnering with a VOSH chapter. If you are interested, please contact Natalie Venezia, Executive Director of V/I mailto:venezia@vosh.org or Clive Miller CEO of Optometry Giving...