Two optometrists are needed to join a team of 12 medical professionals in providing care for 12 days while trekking 26 days through the remote Himalaya in Nepal. The Tsum Valley is home to 3500 Tibetan Buddhists who have received little eye care due to remoteness of their location. The two earthquakes in spring of 2015 profoundly impacted the people of the Tsum who are described by Westerners as gracious and grateful. Volunteers will experience spectacular scenery and immersion in Tibetan Buddhist culture. More information is available on the mission web site: tsumvalleymedicalmission.com — select the “Volunteer” tab. All arrangements for the trip will be made by Rachel Frazin, a Minnesota-based family nurse practitioner who has volunteer experience in Nepal. The  mission is sponsored by Empower Nepal Foundation, a US nonprofit 501 (C) (3) and the Tsum Welfare Committee, a nonprofit in Kathmandu. Contact Rachel directly at rachelfrazin01@gmail.com with any questions you may have, or if you are interested in…
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