VOSH Chapter of the Month

VOSH chapters and their members make an enormous impact on the world

Nominate a VOSH or SVOSH Chapter

VOSH Chapters of the Month Honored For Exemplary Service

January 2020: VOSH-Northeast (Rhode Island)
February 2020: VOSH-Northwest
March 2020: VOSH-CT
April 2020: VOSH-NE

March 2019: VOSH-TX
May 2019: VOSH-North Carolina
June 2019: VOSH-CA

January 2018: VOSH-India
March 2018: VOSH-MN
April 2018: VOSH-Northwest
May 2018: VOSH-WI
June 2018: VOSH-NE
July 2018: VOSH-KS
August 2018: VOSH-IL
September 2018: VOSH-VA
October 2018: VOSH-CT

Student-VOSH Chapter of the Month

Student-VOSH Chapters of the Month Honored For Exemplary Service

October 2020: SVOSH-NOVA Southeastern University (Florida)
August 2019: SVOSH-Nova Southeastern University (Florida)
June 2019: SVOSH-Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry (Puerto Rico)
July 2019: SVOSH-Southern College of Optometry (Tennessee)
May 2019: SVOSH-Pacific University College of Optometry (Oregon)
May 2018: SVOSH-SVOSH-Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry (Puerto Rico)
June 2018: SVOSH-The School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo (Canada)
September 2018: SVOSH-The Ohio State University College of Optometry (Ohio)

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, 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 is 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.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

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 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 hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021