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 3

  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.

  3. March 12, 2019

    Smita ghosh

    Hi
    I am a practicing optometrist in India at present ,have also worked in guyana for 7 yrs,overall work experience of 14 yrs plus .i also have a good experience in administrating opticals.
    Would like to relocate to belize.

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Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and 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. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

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July 2021