Dear VOSH/International,

Thank you for your World Council of Optometry (WCO) affiliate membership. If you have any questions, or need assistance in any way, please contact me directly.  We are also pleased to attach your 2018 WCO membership certificate, ready to print and display in your office.

As you know, the WCO is an international optometric association representing optometrists across six world regions. We envision a world where high quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all people. Our mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Policy Development
  • Humanitarian Outreach

As a membership-based organization, the WCO relies on your dues to continue our work on behalf of global optometry and the public that we serve. It is because of dedicated members like you that we are able to continue our work.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to invite your colleagues to join the WCO. We look forward to serving you, because together, we will do great things.

Warmly,

 

World Council of Optometry

Web:          www.worldoptometry.org

Click Here to View or Download VOSH Certificate:

AffiliateMemberCertificate-2018-VOSH International

 

 

 

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