TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR DOMESTIC SVOSH CHAPTERS
TO ATTEND 2019 VOSH ANNUAL MEETING

Application Deadline September 16

VOSH/INTERNATIONAL is delighted to announce that thanks to the support of VSP Global, we can offer travel grants for our domestic SVOSH chapters to attend the 2019 VOSH Annual Meeting.

All SVOSH chapters are encouraged to apply!
CRITERIA
To ensure all our domestic SVOSH chapters can be represented at the event we will offer the travel grants in accordance with the following criteria:
  • The grant is for economy air travel only
  • The grant is available for all domestic SVOSH chapters. Each chapter can decide whether they want to split the grant to allow more of its members to attend the meeting or appoint just one representative. The chapter must inform VOSH/International of the name(s) by the September 2 deadline
  • The SVOSH representative(s) need(s) to attend the welcoming reception on October 26th at 5:30 pm and the Annual Meeting on October 27th until 4pm
  • The SVOSH chapter commits to submit information on its work required for the report to be produced for the Annual Meeting

Category

SVOSH chapter present in

Grant up to $

I

California, Oregon 600

II

Arizona

450

III

Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

400

IV

Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico.

300

Host State            Florida

  200

PAYMENT OF GRANT FUNDS
The SVOSH chapter will be reimbursed upon submission of the reimbursement form and corresponding (scanned) receipts. This can be done before or shortly after the Annual Meeting.
Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021