Congratulations to VOSH-NORTH CAROLINA, MAY 2019 VOSH CHAPTER OF THE MONTH!
VOSH-NORTH CAROLINA is celebrating an important anniversary and continuing the long VOSH relationship with Grenada VOSH/International is proud to select VOSH-North Carolina as its Chapter of the Month.
According to President Jill Scullion: “VOSH North Carolina is celebrating an important anniversary this year with Grenada Rotary Club East. This dedicated Club will be hosting their 20th annual VOSH clinic in 2019 with VOSH-NC. Prior to VOSH-NC’s involvement, VOSH-Michigan forged this important partnership that has benefited the eye health of local Grenadians over the years. Grenada Rotary East members live the model of service above self, and every year go above and beyond in service to their community.”
For photos and more informations, see https://www.facebook.com/vosh.org/

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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: 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 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