June 19 and 27, 2021  

Both sessions will promote the interaction between US and international chapters, increase your understanding of the dynamics of eye health care in selected countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region and offer COPE accredited courses.

If you have questions, contact VOSH/International Executive Director Maria Arce Moreira at arce@VOSH.org

Fill your VOSH coffee cup, put on your VOSH t-shirt, and join us!

The VOSH Mid-Year Meeting is  going to be held virtually this year

 

The virtual meeting will be organized as a series of independent sessions held throughout Saturday June 27, 2020 via Zoom.  We hope that this format will also enable our US and international chapters to participate.

We will provide the information needed for all chapters to connect at least one week in advance.  Chapters will be able to pick and choose the webinars they want to attend.

As we are expecting participants from all corners of the USA, the meeting will start at 8am PST/10am CST/11am EST.

More information below and more will be coming to your inbox. If you have questions, contact VOSH/International Executive Director Maria Arce Moreira at arce@VOSH.org

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