OPTOMETRISTS NEEDED IN BELIZE – SHORT OF LONG TERM This request from Carla Ayres Musa, Executive Director, Belize Council for the Visually Impaired
“I am writing from Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) in Belize, Central America. We have had many visits from VOSH Teams in the past and have one coming up this month. We are requesting support from Optometrists as we are in a bit of a crisis situation with our Optometrists in our Primary Clinics.
One of our Optometrists has just resigned, another has gone back home to Cuba and one of our refractionists is on maternity leave – leaving a huge gap in our “man” power as we are down to two Optometrists to cover the whole country (population estimate 380,000). We are reaching out to everyone we know to request your support in finding Optometrists who would like to volunteer/work with us even if just for a few weeks at a time.
I am happy to answer any questions to provide more information if needed (cmusa.bcvi@gmail.com) I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your support.
Contact: cmusa.bcvi@gmail.comhttps://www.bcvi.org

Comments 2

  1. March 12, 2019

    Mathew Bahrami

    My name is Mathew Bahrami. I practice in Knoxville, Tn. I have come to Belize in the past few times, mostly in Corozal. Last time I was there I was trying to work with a team of surgeons from Texas, but they declined my assistance . I do not mind to be of any assistance if I can be effective. I love to be involved with cataract and ptergium surgeries.

  2. March 12, 2019

    mary ademola gideon

    Am an optometrist practicing in Nigeria.
    Came across your post.
    Would like to practice in Belize and be involved with VOSH.

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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