ALLERGAN

Request Allergan products from the Americares Medical Outreach Program: https://mop.americares.org/

ALCON 

From: Missions, Medical (Gen) [mailto:medical.missions@alcon.com

Thank you for contacting Alcon for your upcoming mission. We have implemented a new online donation process. 

All missions must provide a letter of invitation from the Ministry of Health. Please allow yourself enough time in the planning process to acquire this documentation. Mission requests usually need a lead time of 4 to 6 weeks. 

Once you click on the link, it will take you to our Medical Missions page. Look at the bottom of the page and select “Eligibility Questionnaire”. Once you answer those questions, it takes you to the request form. 

It will ask you to upload two documents, the letter from the Ministry and your product list. Have those saved on your computer so you can upload into the application. If you are in the process of getting the letter, just create a Word document and indicate that – you can then upload that document and complete the application. Once you receive it, forward it to me. 

We look forward to working with you. Feel free to call if you have any further questions 

http://www.alcon.com/corporate-responsibility/medical-missions.aspx scroll down to Eligibility Questionnaire (click on link and it will take you in to the online questionnaire to submit your info). 

VALEANT/ BAUSCH AND LOMB

Please visit the Valeant Website via the link below to obtain information on product donations, grants/sponsorship and charitable contributions. 

http://www.valeant.com/about/us-assistance-programs/educational-grants-and-investigator-initiated-stu dies 

Once you’ve entered the website, there are links that will allow you to submit requests for grants and charitable contributions sponsored by Bausch +Lomb. 

If you should need assistance with filling out forms or have any specific questions in regards to donation program, please email caring@bausch.com

 

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