SUPPORT VOSH WHILE YOU OBTAIN YOUR COPE-APPROVED CE
CEwire2016, the largest virtual continuing education conference for optometrists, is now open for early registration. With 50 COPE-approved credit hours, top speakers, and a large virtual exhibit hall with vendor discounts, CEwire2016 is the most convenient, affordable and fun way to help meet your CE requirements without leaving home. 
The show will be broadcast “live” online on January 16 & 17, 2016 and the recorded sessions will be available “on demand” for all registrants to view through May 1st, 2016.
Profits from the event are to be distributed to both the American Optometric Foundation and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH/International).
Early registration pricing for the conference is $129 for an individual OD, or $199 for an “Office Pass” that covers all ODs and staff in your office.
To get more information or to register for the conference, please visit: http://www.cewire2016.com
To learn more about Internet CE and the number of allowable credits in each state, visit: https://www.odwire.org/wiki/2016-ce-requirements-by-state/

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.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

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 hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021