Congratulations to SVOSH-Pacific selected  as the May 2019 SVOSH Chapter of the Month. This recognition is a way VOSH/International highlights the marvelous work of SVOSH chapters and gives the chapters visibility it deserves.

SVOSH-Pacific is cited for the chapter’s extraordinary activity in organizing 3 international and one domestic clinic trips. No doubt the experiences for students have been invaluable for their clinical practice as well as instilling a lifelong commitment to the kind of  humanitarian efforts long supported by VOSH. And no doubt they have experienced great joy and sheer fun in their adventures while impacting the lives of more than 1,700 patients.  For this and more, VOSH/International is delighted to select SVOSH-Pacific as its May 2019 Chapter of the Month. For photos and more information, see

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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:


US Government Travel Advise:

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