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RAM is saddened to announce the death of Stan Brock, distinguished Founder and President

“For the past 20 years I have been fortunate enough to work alongside Stan Brock bringing healthcare including Eye Care across Virginia and the United States. I was honored to be chosen by Stan to further his mission and carry it on in Virginia growing from 2 to 10 clinics a year. Stan was an inspiration to all volunteers leading by example; providing care without question and worked all day, every day, to help grow the ability to provide services to patients in need. His inspiration with regard to furthering domestic healthcare included expanding states laws to have providers cross state lines. As President of VOSH- Virginia this was really helpful as VOSH members across the U.S. have always answered my call to help in Virginia. We as members of VOSH can help continue his legacy by providing eye care to those in need in the United States and the world.”  -Vicki Weiss Remote Area Medical is saddened to announce the death of Stan Brock, 82, our distinguished Founder and President.  Mr. Brock, who passed away on Wednesday, August 29, pioneered the use of mobile medical clinics to deliver health care services to people in remote, isolated, and underserved communities around the globe.  During Mr. Brock’s thirty-three-year tenure with RAM, more than 740,000 people attended his clinics to receive free dental, vision, and medical services, all provided by more than 120,000 dedicated volunteers.    Without Mr. Brock, RAM would not have been able to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for so many people. While Mr. Brock’s death is a great loss to the organization, RAM will continue championing his legacy and... read more

Vision Care trip to Fort Portal, Uganda in February/March 2019

We are planning a trip to Fort Portal, Uganda that will leave the US on February 22 or 23 and return on March 10, 2019. We are looking for licensed optometrists and other healthcare providers. Our primary goal is to provide eye care. There will be seven working days which will leave a couple days for safari trips to nearby national parks. In country costs have not been nailed down, but a rough estimate at this time is around $1500. This estimate does not include safari costs which are reasonable due to the closeness of the parks. Airfare is provided through the generosity of Emirates Airline Foundation. Any non-licensed individual who wishes to go will have to provide their own airfare. If an ophthalmologist  is available to provide cataract surgeries they would be very much appreciated. Also, if anyone wishes to arrive in Uganda early or leave later that can be arranged, but the core cost and expected work time will have to correspond with the group. Expenses outside the group will be up to the individual. For more details contact Clyde B. Slavin, OD. clyde.slavin@gmail.com 360-909-3776... read more

URGENT: VOSH Santa Cruz Needs Volunteer for Guatemala Mission

VOSH-Santa Cruz will have a mission to Guatemala that departs February 15th and returns February  25th. Since we have to purchase tickets within the next 2 weeks, we have to receive registrations with a first  deposit of 800$ Canada and the balance of 1000$ US  due  in November. Since payments are being made  this year, the receipts  will be for this year, and the per diem in 2019. The mission  will be in 2 parts first us in February, then followed by  a team of surgeons in early May to do the  surgeries The maximum number for the team will be  20. Please contact Dr. Pierre Labine immediately if interested at... read more

VOSH-CT Looking for ODs and Optometry Students

VOSH-CT is looking for optometrists, optometry students, opticians and any Spanish speaking volunteers to join their clinic trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The dates of the clinic will be January 4-11th of 2019. This will be the 20th year that VOSH-CT will be serving this area, but they are in critical need of volunteers to make this trip happen. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Matthew Blondin at mblond2@aol.com or... read more

VOSH-BC Mission Moved to Costa Rica

The VOSH-BC Nicaragua project originally scheduled for November 11th -18th 2018 has been CANCELLED due to ongoing political unrest.  The project has been moved to COSTA RICA NOVEMBER 11-18TH with Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation.  It will be held in the community of La Carpio and the indigenous community of Bri Bri in Bajo Chirripo.  Please contact Dr.... read more

VOSH Texas has successful clinic trips

The first two VOSH Texas clinics of this year were highly successful. We were a little short of ODs for the spring clinic with only 3 in attendance, but by working late we managed to care for over 300 patients, sending over 100 for cataract surgery. We always have a great surgical team to refer to. The summer clinic was attended by 5 SVOSH students from SUNY in New York as well as 4 recent OD graduates, two from U of H and 2 from Aguascalientes. We had one VOSH OD from Penticton, British Columbia and one from Cuauhtemoc, Mexico. This team pretty well filled our 10 exam rooms and around 800 patients were examined and over 150 were sent to surgery.   Our fall clinic will be the week of September 10th. Four ODs are already registered! Applications can be found at: guerreroclinic.org! Two of our members attended the VOSH conference in Denver two weeks ago where we learned of the other great work VOSH is doing around the world. As a result of this Denver meeting, we learned more about The Essilor Vision Foundation and its great work with VOSH.  VOSH Texas is now a partner with The Essilor Vision Foundation and takes advantage of the services and materials offered by them. If you wish more info about this Foundation, please contact me or the EVF web site.   Tom Pruett,... read more

VOSH-MI looking for ODs to join clinic team to Kenya

VOSH-MI is planning a return trip to Nakuru, Kenya on January 11-25, 2019. We are looking for two Optometrists to join our team. Please contact Nelson Edwards, OD ngedwards.o.d@gmail.com for more information. This is a VOSH Michigan chapter mission. We are hosted in country by Rotary clubs in Nairobi and Nakuru. Lodging will be in hotels and after mission, we have r&r planned in the Maasai Mara national park with safaris. Costs include airfare from Detroit about $900, and in country cost of... read more

VOSH BC/TWECS looking for volunteers for Nicaragua mission

VOSH BC/ TWECS CANADA has a project to Jiquilillo and Chinandega Nicaragua from November 11-18th 2018. Host: Gerry Caceres, Caridad Caceres and Chinandega Firefighters.   Place: Montys Beach Lodge http://montysbeachlodge.com/ All meals and snacks included.  Activities available are Surfing, Bicycle, Horse back riding, Volcano Sand Boarding, Paddle boarding, Mangrove Estuary exploration and Volcano Hike. If interested please email Dr. Marina Roma-March... read more