VOSH-International Technology Transfer Program: The VOSH/INTERNATIONAL Resource Management Team partnering with Optometry Giving Sight welcomes your interest in our Technology Transfer Program (TTP). VOSH, through TTP, collects, restores and ships used optometric equipment, lenses and frames to needy clinics, teaching institutions, hospitals and NGO’s and provides frames, sunglasses and equipment to VOSH Chapters. For a list of equipment, click here. To request equipment, click here

VOSH SEBecause of a very generous donor, VOSH-Southeast is able to offer a limited amount of readers from +1.00 to +4.00 for 10 cents a pair for missions in other countries and clinics here in the U.S.A. They are limited to 1,000 pairs per order and they may not be sold. The order should be sent by email tomaxobrusso23@msn.com at least six weeks before the mission on your stationary with a list of requested diopters. VOSH-SE will pack the order and invoice you for the diopters and the shipping. Upon receipt of the payment, they will ship within 3 working days. VOSH-SE offers additional readers at 75 cents each from +1.00 to +3.50 and +4.00, +4.50, +5.00 and +6.00 at $2.50 each. The high readers are made using their frames and lens in an optical lab. Special rates for VOSH or SVOSH members or missions.

e3readers

Heart to Heart International, an NGO out of Olathe, KS, with an interest in supporting world wide health endeavors similar to VOSH, has ophthalmic items for sale at reasonable prices.  E.g. Welch Allyn Ophthamoscopes and Retinoscopes at approximately $100, Welch Ally Hand Held Auto Refractors at about $690. Sarah Warfield 913-764-5200

Icare-USA: Offers a special priced Tonometer for VOSH chapters: polly.neely@icare-usa.com

Lions Club Foundation, or contact Gene Rice

Respecs

Restoring Vision: or contact Mark Sachs, President and Founder Mark Sachs

Shark Eyes

Smart Vision Labs: The SVOne is a smartphone-based autorefractor.

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