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...

VOSH Clinic Opportunity offered to Ecuador

Dr. Antonio Aguirre, is a SEE ophthalmologist who will be traveling to Zamora, Ecuador next year to perform 100 cataract surgeries. He has already worked at this particular location earlier this year, and one difficulty he mentioned was screening patients. He’s expressed a need for a more formalized screening system and asked for our help to recruit an optometrist or optician for the trip. He’ll be in Zamora the entire month of February 2019, but the screening will be more important for the first 1 or 2 weeks of February. Please contact Lia Giglio at SEE International if you are interested. ...

President’s Insight: Recap of VOSH Annual Meeting

VOSH Annual Meeting VOSH/International held its 26th Annual Meeting on October 13, 2018 in Montreal, Canada in collaboration with VOSH- Santa Cruz hosts of this event.  Eighty people from six countries, including India, Romania, Mexico, UK, USA and Canada, attended a full day of inspiring speakers, chapter update sessions, exhibitors and networking.  Father Pierre Labine and VOSH-Santa Cruz, https://voshohv.org/, have been an incredibly active VOSH chapter for over 20 years, helping people in their own community and around the world.  Their special guests to the meeting-Mrs. DÌaz and her son Gustavo- had been doing humanitarian work in their hometown and surrounding area in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and  collaborating with VOSH-Santa Cruz for over 20 years ago to provide eyecare and glasses to those in need.   Gustavo Diaz, gave a passionate and powerful presentation at the VOSH annual meeting about the impact of the work of this VOSH chapter on his community highlighting the important networks of local support that VOSH chapters are able to build with local community leaders .  Many other speakers also provided motivation and important information.  These included: Dr. Luigi Bilotto (BHVI) spoke on Sustainable Eye Health and Enhancing Optometry Around the World Dr. Yogita Rajgandhi (VOSH-India) spoke on the State of Optometric Care in India and how VOSH Can Help Dr. Vicki Weiss (VOSH-VA) spoke on VOSH Efforts Domestically and Keys to Success Catherine Lamorena and Yatzie Ponce provided information on Surgical Eye Expedition International and Partnership Opportunities Dr. Asa Morton, MD, spoke on Ophthalmological Collaboration with HELPS International Andrea Haymore and Kirstin Jones presented on the Essilor Vision Foundation’s New Programs to help VOSH for Local Outreach All...