Dr. Jairo Mercado, the dynamic faculty adviser of SVOSH-UNAN (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua) has been recognized by IAPB as an Eye Health Hero in the category “Future Leader”.  This award recognizes eye health leaders who are high performers in their roles, influence others, show potential and are open to learning and growing from each experience. VOSH/International congratulates Dr Mercado with this achievement. Read about the impressive Dr. Jairo Mercado here

La Agencia Internacional para la Prevención de la Ceguera (IAPB por sus siglas en inglés) ha reconocido al Dr. Jairo Mercado, el dinámico asesor académico del capítulo estudiantil de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua -SVOSH-UNAN- como un Eye Health Hero en la categoría de “Líder Futuro”.  Este galardón reconoce a líderes de la salud ocular que tienen un alto desempeño en sus roles, son capaces de influir, demuestran potencial y están abiertos a aprender y crecer con cada experiencia. VOSH/International felicita al Dr Mercado por este logro. Lea más sobre el impresionante Dr. Jairo Mercado aquí.

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  1. October 7, 2020

    Alvaro Saúl Jarquin Munguía

    Muy merecido, es un exelente docente, investigador y amigó que vela por el bienestar de las personas con algun problema visual.

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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