Hello All,
We are a recently established not for profit organization in Nepal. Our board members consist of optometrists and public health experts who have over 5 years experience in organizing and actively participating in various eye health charitable works.
Better Vision Foundation Nepal was established to address the need of significantly reducing the common causes of avoidable blindness such as refractive errors in Nepal. This is the first organization led by a group of Optometrists targeting to reduce refractive error related blindness in adults and children. Our main focus is indigenous population, low-income adults,
marginalized and disadvantaged population.
Our next project is set to be in 2018 on Vision care to Chepang community, a highly marginalized and endangered population of Nepal. We can read more about Chepang people in this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chepang_people
We are looking for a VOSH team to join us in this humanitarian mission. Please contact at the following email addresses if you are interested and want to learn more:
Official Email: bvfnepal@gmail.com
Vice President for International Affairs: Dr. Nabin Paudel
Email: paudel.nabin@gmail.com
We look forward to welcoming you to Nepal and hope that you will join hands with us in this mission.

Thank you so much.
Nabin Paudel, PhD 

bvfnepal@gmail.com

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