The Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s 4th Myanmar Eye Meeting will be held September 2-5 in Yangon. Most local residents do not obtain much surgical or clinical experience so HEF provides skills transfer courses for all Burmese residents to enhance their skills one-on-one with an instructor.

We are currently looking for a retinoscopy workshop faculty who will teach a one-hour course to 1-2 local residents at a time. The course should consist of a short lecture followed by loads of hands on practice. The intimate setting allows the students to ask questions and go over difficult cases together.

All volunteers pay their own airfare, lodging at our group hotel, and food expenses. All costs are considered a tax deductible donation to HEF. If cost is a factor, please let me know and we can discuss options to reduce.

Thank you for your consideration. If both would like to join us, we could open up a position for refraction, visual fields, oct or gonio.

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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