Dear Colleagues,

This year our 28th Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday November 7, 2020.

This year’s theme “Envisioning a New World” reinforces our commitment to a world where everyone has access to eye health and vision care that is affordable, accessible and of high professional standards. 

2020 marks a key year for vision and although the celebrations of achievements and the revealing of new plans were put aside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health inequalities that the pandemic has unveiled, make it even more relevant to be prepared to provide services to those most vulnerable who are in risk of being left behind in what will be a more challenging world in the future.

The meeting will explore the role tele-health and innovation, vision rehabilitation through assistive technologies, approaches to eye health for people with disabilities, the impact of school screenings and a range of country experiences.  This year we will offer COPE accredited sessions.

Although we will miss the personal interaction, please join us for a day of sharing and learning from the comfort of your own home.  We are finalising details on the programme which will soon be available in our website and social media platforms.




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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 and boosted, 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 and its variants are 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 or 2022.

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 Organization:


US Government Travel Advise:

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021