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 our mission servicios de optometría voluntarios para la humanidad / International® Una ONG no sectaria y apolítica en una misión para llevar la visión a cada persona en el planeta. La voz de la optometría en las naciones en desarrollo desde 1971 Nuestra misión Join the VOSH Virtual 2021 Mid-Year meeting June 19 & Sunday June 27 More Information

Ce que nous faisons

Vision signifie santé, revenu et
l’éducation – en particulier pour les femmes et les enfants.

Les sections VOSH / International et VOSH sont bénévoles. Cela signifie que ceux qui viennent en voyage à la clinique prennent du temps loin de leur travail et de leur famille, paient leurs propres dépenses, y compris les billets d’avion et l’hébergement, ainsi que d’autres dépenses. C’est ce qui fait VOSH VOSH! Nous en sommes fiers.

Nos bénévoles sont des optométristes agréés, des opticiens, des prestataires de soins de santé et des profanes. Il y a des voyages en clinique au pays et à l’étranger, dans plus de 30 pays, au service de centaines de milliers de patients.

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Recent News

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