Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

An Non-Sectarian, Apolitical NGO on a

Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

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The VOSH Fellowship fosters the development of humanitarian leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepares individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

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Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International.

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VOSH-BC Mission Moved to Costa Rica

The VOSH-BC Nicaragua project originally scheduled for November 11th -18th 2018 has been CANCELLED due to ongoing political unrest.  The project has been moved to COSTA RICA NOVEMBER 11-18TH with Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation.  It will be held in the community of La Carpio and the indigenous community of Bri Bri in Bajo Chirripo.  Please contact Dr.... read more


For their commitment, dedication and activities including their continuity in visiting Panama every two years, their collaboration with new partners such as HELPS, numbers of patients served and robust membership, VOSH/International is delighted to select VOSH-Kansas as the July, 2018 VOSH Chapter of the Month.      Chapter President Jenee Barth, OD, provided the detail below. Read on: VOSH Kansas is a highly active chapter. Our current active membership is over 50 doctors and we average 2-3 trips per year to help the underserved. We continue to help the people of Colon, Panama every ot her year as an ongoing mission. Kansas VOSH serves multiple villages all over the country of Guatemala. In 2017, VOSH joined forces with HELPS international on their first ever combined mission trip. This trip included the optometry team of VOSH Kansas and the surgery team of HELPS international. Over 1200 patients were seen and treated with either glasses, meds or surgery including cataract surgery, strabismus surgery, lacrimal duct repair surgery, levator lid surgery, removal of neurofibromas and enucleations. Our VOSH team just returned from Panama and saw over 3,200 patients. Another VOSH Kansas team is headed to Guatemala again the first week of May with HELPS International to complete the second mission of this kind. VOSH started in Kansas and is still a live an active chapter to date!    ... read more

VOSH International is seeking an Executive Director

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/International is seeking an Executive Director Position Type: Executive Director, Part Time (Paid) with Flexible Hours (approx. 20 hours/week) Location: Work from home or office Mission Statement: The mission of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) / International is to provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.  VOSH facilitates the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.  Our goal is to increase our global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care. Job Description: The Executive Director (ED) of VOSH/International (V/I) is responsible for general management, program evaluation and overall operational responsibility of V/I. The ED will be active in areas of administration, communications, finance, systems, and make recommendations regarding timelines and resources needed to achieve V/I’s strategic goals. The ED will be engaged with V/I’s Board members, event coordinators, committee chairs, partners and affiliates and chapters to achieve the stated goals of the V/I Board. The ED is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports directly to the President, or others, as directed by the President, or others, on an as-needed basis. Duties and Responsibilities: Strategic Planning – implements the organization’s goals outlined in the Strategic Plan and develops annual action plans and benchmarks in conjunction with the Board. Includes attendance and participation in monthly Executive Committee and Board Calls in the evening, and attendance at the Mid Year Meeting in June and Annual Meeting in October. Director of Information/Conduit of information- Fields and/or responds to all emails and inquiries.... read more