VOSH- IL (Clinic Leader: Natalie Venezia) worked with the Kiwanis of Panama City in 2007 and had a very rewarding experience. The Kiwanis club coordinated everything that was needed to accomplish our mission. We found them to be caring and generous.

 

Since 2007, the Kiwanis has grown in Panama and recently opened three clubs in the Darien area.  The Kiwanis have contacted VOSH and would like to organize a VOSH clinic in the jungle area of Darien which is on the east side of Panama. They “would love to host a VOSH group and coordinate a clinic to provide the gift of sight to those who are unfortunate and have no means to remedy their situation”.

 

They are open to any dates and willing to do all the work required for this VOSH trip.
Please contact Natalie Venezia, mailto:venezia@VOSH.org for contact information. 
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