May 08, 2017
One week teaching opportunity! VOSH is pleased to be a partner with the Asociacion Latinoamericana de OptometrasRead More
March 21, 2017
In March, we had a chapter relations phone call with Andrea Haymore from the Essilor Vision Foundation,Read More
January 02, 2017
At the beginning of this year, I set two goals. The first was to increase our outreachRead More
January 02, 2017
Our Children’s Vision is a new initiative spearheaded by Brien Holden Vision Institute. I had the pleasureRead More
August 31, 2016
I challenge all VOSHer’s to participate in the World Sight Day Challenge, which run through September andRead More
July 29, 2016
I wanted to share a little background on how the VOSH volunteer board and committees work. InRead More
April 14, 2016
Congratulations to one of our newly formed VOSH chapters in Ghana, ably led by Dr. Abena Ntim,Read More
March 24, 2016
We have something exciting happening at VOSH. Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI and VOSH Historian is writing aRead More
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 and boosted, 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 and its variants are 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 or 2022.
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 Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
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.
Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI