Join the VOSH Reserves Disaster Recovery Today

The VOSH Reserves Disaster Relief Program was developed to help in the recovery process for those that have been affected by natural disasters worldwide. This began with VOSH team responding to the devastation of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2014 by examining 8000 patients and providing needed eye care and eye glasses that had been lost. This was a great help to these people on their road to recovery. It continued in February 2016 as a VOSH team traveled to Nepal, to help those affected by the recent devastating earthquake. VOSH is here to help again when the need arises.



Please volunteer to be listed as a potential volunteer in this program. There is no commitment. You will be part of a list of experienced VOSHers who will be contacted when organizations ask VOSH for eye care assistance following natural disasters. Details of each trip will be provided and it is your choice to then participate. Join now to help those in need. Thank you!


Clinic Reports from VOSH Disaster Relief Efforts:

Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal 2016
Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines 2013

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