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TREK NEPAL’S SHANGRI-LA AND GIVE BACK IN OCTOBER 2018

TSUM VALLEY MEDICAL MISSION is recruiting optometrists for its October 2018 health camps in this remote Himalayan valley described by veteran hikers as the “Shangri-La of Nepal.” Family practice clinicians round out the medical team, including mission leader, Rachel Frazin, nurse practitioner. The Tsumbas, as they call themselves, are gracious and grateful, a reflection of their Tibetan Buddhist culture and remote locale. The trek is 25 days with ten days of care provision along the way. Our trek company manages all the details from airport pickup to departure for the flight home. Porters carry our belongings. For mission details including contact information, visit the web site: tsumvalleymedicalmission.com – select the “Volunteer” tab at the top of the home page for... read more

We need more ODs to help us in conducting an eye camp in October in the Tibeto-Burmese indigenous people residing in the hilly regions of Nepal

Hello all, We need more ODs to help us in conducting an eye camp in October in the Tibeto-Burmese indigenous people residing in the hilly regions of Nepal. Detailed Itinerary: Time: Currently, our plan is to do this trip on the 3rd week of September, 20th to be exact. This will be the best time based on the weather conditions and thus the road travel. However, if the availability VOSH members travelling feel more comfortable at any other time, we can definitely look/discuss on that as well. In addition, if any of the VOSH team members feel like staying for a couple of more days, you will be more than welcome to go for trekking or hiking in the Himalayas. We have a travel agent booked for the whole trip and they can provide you with an affordable rate for hiking and trekking expeditions. Plans: Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by BVFN team. The travel agency will arrange the transportation to your hotel. There will be a full tour and program briefing in the evening while enjoying a traditional Newari dinner. Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Tour The travel agent has arranged a full day Kathmandu valley tour. • Drive to Bouddhanath Stupa  and sightseeing for about 45 minutes in Bouddhanath • Drive to Pashupatinath temple and sightseeing for about 45 minutes • Drive to Patan Durbar Square, visit the old royal palace, golden temple, and Mahabouddha temple and sightseeing in Durbar Square area for about 45 minutes • At 6:30 in the evening Nepali Traditional dinner with Cultural Program... read more

HAITI OPTOMETRY PROGRAM OPENS and GETS TO WORK WITH HIGH HOPES

It did not take long for things to move into high gear for the 19 pioneering students in the new Optometry Program and clinic that opened last weekend in Haiti. Once qualified, these first generation optometrists will use their skills to address the unmet eye care need across the nation. There are currently only three optometrists and 56 ophthalmologists to serve Haiti’s population of 10 million people. Haiti has the highest levels of blindness and moderate or severe vision impairment among people aged 50 and over, in the entire Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, with the age-standardised prevalence estimated at 4.8% and 21.9% respectively. This is three times greater than some other countries in the region. VOSH/International is a major collaborating partner in the Haiti Optometry Program along with with I’Université d’État d’Haïti, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, Charity Vision, and l’Université de Montréal. Drs. Paul Halpern, Dave McPhillips, both VOSH-PA represented VOSH. Two small VOSH led outreach trips involving the new students were done the day before and after the school opening ceremony and launch event organized by Dr. David McPhillips, VOSH-PA and past VOSH/International President, on request from Brien Holden Vision Institute, a key collaborating partner. The VOSH team included winners of a Vision Source contest including doctors Thomas and Susan Quinn and Shane Foster from Ohio and Dr. Christine Bowman. Vision Source is a large organization of private practice optometrists nationwide that has contributed significant funds to the new... read more

VOSH-NORTHWEST recognized as CHAPTER OF THE MONTH for APRIL 2018

The amazing activity of VOSH chapters throughout the world is chronicled further by VOSH-Northwest. Superlative in its commitment and dedication, the chapter continues in the image of its long-time leader Ed Worthen who passed away much too young. VOSH-NW President Debbie McDonald submitted this short summary of the chapters startling activity ranging from Seattle to Nepal. ———- VOSH NW proudly opened the Edward Worthen Memorial Clinic on April 8, 2017. This is a clinic that will be open one Saturday a month to service the Key Peninsula area. Ed Worthen was a past president of our chapter and long time Vosher. He was in the works of planning this clinic when he suddenly passed away in December, 2016. We followed through with his dream and made it a reality. In January, 2017, we participated in the Kitsap Homeless Clinic where 75 people were seen for eye exams and glasses. This is a half-day clinic that VOSH NW has participated in for many years. We participated in the Seattle/King County Clinic, a 4 day clinic held in the heart of Seattle, in October, performing 1219 exams and dispensing 1259 pairs of glasses. November 2017 found our chapter traveling to Nepal where a total of 1350 people were seen over 5 days. For 2018, a mission trip to Uganda in September is in the works, and a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the spring of 2019 is being put... read more

BREAKING NEWS : HAITI OPTOMETRY SCHOOL OPENING

Today in Port Au Prince, Haiti HAITI OPTOMETRY SCHOOL OPENING Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International.... read more

Clinic Report VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti

VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti.  1014 school aged kids including teachers were seen in 4 days.  Dr. Marcha Polection, Trip Leader and Dr. Michelle Cadet, both VOSH-PA members along with volunteers and the local nurses,  provided eye examinations to 1014 children and eyeglasses to those who otherwise would not have access to eye care.  The children and the staff were very appreciative.  It was a very successful... read more

RAM Virginia clinic in Smyth County, Virginia May 4,5 & 6: Need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Dentists

Dear Friends/Volunteers, We are looking forward to our third RAM Virginia clinic in Smyth County, Virginia May 4,5 & 6. This is held at the Mountain Empire Airport alongside 81 in Marion near Wytheville, Virginia. Thanks to all of you who have signed up and volunteered already! We still need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Dentists. We see many patients over the 3 days who are in great need of our services. You can register at volunteer.ramusa.org  for most of the rest of the clinics for the year. I am attaching the 2018 schedule as well as our most recent newsletter.   I am holding block of rooms in Wytheville if any Optometrists/Ophthalmologists/Opticians need a room for 109$ a night with a bagged breakfast. If you would like a reservation there let me know.    If you are volunteering for the eycare team please let me know at vickiweiss@ramusa.org   Gratefully, Vicki Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, F.V.A.O. OptometristPresident of the Board of Directors for RAM (Remote Area Medical) VirginiaVice President VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) -Virginia RAM (Remote Area Medical) Board of Directors Virginia College of Optometry Board of Trustees Board Academy Graduate 2016 Center for Non Profit Excellence Ken Studer Friend of the Virginia Rural Health Association Award 2016 Humanitarian of the Year VOSH International 2015 Adjunct Faculty SUNY State College of Optometry RAM Virginia Vision Director The Franklin Harms Society Member-VOSH United Way of Southwest Virginia Volunteer of the Year in Health 2015 Lion’s Club... read more

VOSH-Santa Cruz (Montreal) looking for ODs for Peru trip in May 2018

We are still in need of ODs or graduating students for eye mission to Camana, Peru. We leave May 2nd and possible return May 14th  or May 21st for those wanting to go in excursion to Machu Pichu after the mission. You can check pictures on website  voshohv.org   There are many from last year’s mission in Camana. It will be the same site. Email:... read more

Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer elected President of VOSH-Minnesota

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)-Minnesota has elected Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, ABCMO as President during their organization’s recent annual meeting. Hinkemeyer owns PineCone Vision Center in Sartell, where she is the CEO/Clinic Director. Dr. Hinkemeyer is a long-standing member of VOSH-Minnesota and has participated in two missions to Panama and Mexico. VOSH-Minnesota is a chapter of VOSH/International and is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the vision needs of people around the world who cannot afford or do not have access to vision care. Since 1979, VOSH-Minnesota has organized one or more eye care mission trips per year to various countries around the world. “Vision and access to quality vision care is something we sometimes take for granted. Providing this service for those in need is rewarding and humbling at the same time.” says Hinkemeyer. All year-round members of VOSH-Minnesota sort, catalog and pack donated eyeglasses which are taken on these missions to distribute to those in need after a thorough eye exam. “We are so thankful for the donated eyewear we have received, it is amazing to place a pair of donated glasses on someone and see their face light up. It is something you don’t forget.” says Hinkemeyer of her experience. If you wish to support VOSH-Minnesota’s mission, used eyeglasses and monetary donations can be dropped off at PineCone Vision Center or for more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit voshminnesota.org. FOR INFORMATION CALL: Jennifer Novak, Vice President of Operations, PineCone Vision Center (320)... read more