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

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