Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

An Non-Sectarian, Apolitical NGO on a

Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

Contact wright@vosh.org for more information

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DR. JORDAN KASSALOW

VISION SPRING’S DR. JORDAN KASSALOW IS RECOGNIZED AS VOSH’S 2018 HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AND WILL ACCEPT THIS HONOR AT THE VOSH 26TH ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER 12-13, 2018 IN MONTREAL CANADA

TO ATTEND THE MEETING, SIGN UP HERE: https://vosh.org/annual-meetings/vosh-annual-meeting-2018/

LEARN MORE ABOUT JORDAN HERE

V.E. (BUD) FALKENHAIN, OD

 

VOSH/International proudly honors Dr. Bud Falkenhain as the recipient of the 2018 Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Falkenhain will receive this distinguished award at the VOSH 26TH Annual Meeting October 12-13, 2018 in Montreal Canada.

TO ATTEND THE MEETING, SIGN UP HERE: https://vosh.org/annual-meetings/vosh-annual-meeting-2018/

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUD HERE

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The VOSH Fellowship fosters the development of humanitarian leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepares individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

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NEW HAITI OPTOMETRY SCHOOL OPENS!

Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International.

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August President’s Insight

Data Collection-are you up to the challenge? https://vosh.org/clinic-data/ From our website “As one of the largest organizations that provides direct delivery service of eye care in the developing world, VOSH Chapters have the potential to make a significant contribution to alleviating the global burden of blindness and visual impairment by simply recording our data.” Annually VOSH clinics serve thousands of people all over the world. Thousands receive glasses, medication, referrals and education about their eyes. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was data to further validate the important work that VOSH Chapters are doing? The data can be used by organizations such as IAPB, WCO, BHVI and others to gain information on global eyecare needs. VOSH Chapters can also use it to better prepare for clinic trips if common refractive errors and ocular conditions in a region are better understood. Data collection is an immense effort for VOSH teams. If it is done during the clinic trip, it may be difficult as the team has already put in a long clinic day. If the data collection is left until after a team returns home, sometimes the data is put on the back burner and may stay there. Advice from VOSH Chapters that have successfully contributed data is to collect data during the clinic trip. One of the best ways to do this is to add a station to your clinic. Make it part of the clinic and assign VOSH team members to review exams forms and enter the data live during the clinic. Data collection can be thought of in two levels-basic and comprehensive. If you have not yet... read more

VOSH-Illinois is Chapter of the Month

VOSH-ILLINOIS AUGUST CHAPTER OF THE MONTH – LEADERSHIP ON PARADE … AND MUCH MORE   A momentous year for VOSH-Illinois and the SVOSH-ICO chapters. Recognized for leadership and marvelous activity, VOSH-Illinois is the August 2018 Chapter of the Month, the second time it has been so recognized. Chapter President Andrew Kohn provided the description below:   In October 2017, long-time VOSH Illinois president, Dr. Tracy Matchinski, was sworn in as the new VOSH International president. Another long-time VOSH Illinois member and board member, Dr. Sandra Bury, was selected as the VOSH International Humanitarian of the Year. We are enormously proud of both of these amazing women.   In November, VOSH Illinois sent a group to Mexico City where over 1500 patients were examined over the course of a week. Another international trip to Bolivia took place in March of 2018. Active also in local clinics, are planned for 2018 as well.   Of particular humanitarian note were local clinics for the LGBTQ community whose eye care needs are too often ignored or put on hold for many reasons. Broadway Youth Center caters to housing insecure LGBTQ youth and Howard Brown Health Center offers low cost health care to anyone but particularly serving the LGBTQ population. We examined 81 patients and accepted outside prescriptions from 8 additional patients. Almost everyone needed glasses and a total of 81 pair of glasses were made and dispensed. The need is obvious in this community as we had to turn away 70 patients and therefore we are in the initial stages of planning a second clinic.   In new elections for VOSH-Illinois, faculty members... read more

VOSH-CT Looking for ODs and Optometry Students

VOSH-CT is looking for optometrists, optometry students, opticians and any Spanish speaking volunteers to join their clinic trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The dates of the clinic will be January 4-11th of 2019. This will be the 20th year that VOSH-CT will be serving this area, but they are in critical need of volunteers to make this trip happen. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Matthew Blondin at mblond2@aol.com or... read more

VOSH-BC Mission Moved to Costa Rica

The VOSH-BC Nicaragua project originally scheduled for November 11th -18th 2018 has been CANCELLED due to ongoing political unrest.  The project has been moved to COSTA RICA NOVEMBER 11-18TH with Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation.  It will be held in the community of La Carpio and the indigenous community of Bri Bri in Bajo Chirripo.  Please contact Dr.... read more