Ecuador NGO Is Looking for a VOSH Team in 2019

Fundación El Cielo Para los Niños (http://www.elcieloparalosninos.org) is a non profit organization looking for VOSH eye care teams to serve poor people in rural school areas in the Bolívar Province and Amazon regions, near Guayaquil, Ecuador.Patient load is anticipated to be at least 500 people, children, and adults.Fundación El Cielo Para los Niños will be able to assist with necessary paperwork for customs and for the ministry of health, will provide all the facilities necessaries for the good outcome of the medical mission, and typically will provide all in-country transportation, provide for your group lunches, juices, tea, coffee, chocolates, and will assist with affordable yet nice hotel accommodations. Please contact: Byron...

SAVE THE DATE for the VOSH 2019 Annual Meeting!

SAVE THE DATE and MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the next VOSH Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Sunday October 27, 2019 The 27th VOSH Annual Meeting will be held immediately after the 3rd World Congress of Optometry presented by the World Council of Optometry in partnership with the American Academy of Optometry (Oct. 23-26, 2019).  Fittingly, as the meeting is near Disney World, the theme at the VOSH Annual Meeting will be “Big Vision, Small World”, looking at optometry globally. There will be exciting international speakers and relevant breakout sessions and participation by all chapters present.  We are all passionate about serving others through VOSH. SO YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS...

COPE Credit Opportunity through VOSH

CEWire2019 LAUNCHES COPE credits or not, IT’S HERE FOR YOU! VOSH partner CEwire for 2019 in January! And students or those who do not need cope credit can register for FREE!   For those who do need credits, the early bird price of the conference is $149 for all 56 credit hours. The early bird price ends on January 1st. Spread the word and check it out at:...

ODs, Opticians and Techs Needed for Merida, MX Eye Care Clinic

MY NAME IS HARRY JOHNSON, WITH THE LION CLUBS OF MICHIGAN. WE ARE GOING TO MERIDA, MEXICO FROM FEB 23 TO MARCH 1, 2019. WE ARE LOOKING FOR OPTOMETRISTS, OPTICIANS, AND TECHNICIANS TO HELP US IN THIS PROJECT. THE AIRFARE IS APPROXIMATELY $366.00 ROUND TRIP FROM GRAND RAPIDS, MI. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS. THANK YOU. HARRY JOHNSON 1 231...

President’s Insight: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Imagine losing your sight and with it your capacity to be independent, access education, work or engage socially.  In the world more than one billion people live with some form of disability.  Visual disability affects 217 million people with moderately or severely visual impairment and 36 million with blindness.  2.5 billion people around the world have uncorrected refractive error with 1.1 needing near correction due to presbyopia (https://visionimpactinstitute.org/).  80% of those affected by disability live in developing countries and are among those most marginalised.   Since 1992, on December 3rd the International Day of Disabled Persons is observed across the world.  It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.  You can read more about it here: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/background.shtml One hundred and seventy seven countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose is to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.  Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.” https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/ConventionRightsPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx Through our 84 chapters worldwide, VOSH/International reaches some of the most needed communities across the world bringing essential eye health care and preventing many people becoming permanently visually disabled.  Our community clinics deliver quality and...