Jamaica Medical Mission from June 10-17, 2017.  Looking for 2 more Optometrists to join 2 ODs and 14 Optometry students to serve the rural villages near Montego Bay as part of an annual medical mission consisting of 75 doctors, nurses, and humanitarians.  AOJAH (the Alliance of Jamaican & American Humanitarians) will be diagnosing and treating glaucoma and cataracts, as well as providing free eye exams and glasses. We will be staying at the beautiful RIU International Resort in Ocho Rios.  Please let me know ASAP if interested since there is a deadline to process paperwork. Contact Maxwell.X.Cheng@kp.org

Thank you!!!

Maxwell Cheng, OD

Chief of Optometry

WLA/IVC Department of Optometry

Kaiser Permanente

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