Since eye care is essential to good health, we share your commitment to increasing access to eye care and eyewear for those in need.

We’re reaching out to see if you and your team would like to request eyewear to support charitable outreach you’ll be leading or supporting over the next 12 months.

If you’re interested in securing a donation, please complete the eyewear donation request form to provide some details about your organization, the planned outreach, and eyewear donations needed. A VSP Global team member will respond within 45 days to let you know the status of your request.

Thank you for your efforts in providing access to people in need through your charitable outreach.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Vernon Dela Cruz

Doctor Relations | vspglobal.com |  P: 916.851.4644  |  C: 916.284.1176

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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