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

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and 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. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

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 hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021