The weekend of May 17th through 19th, we are conducting a RAM Clinic in Smyth County, Virginia. We are in need of vision professionals to offer their time to those in dire need of these services in Southwest Virginia.

We are asking you to please help in any way you are able. Even if you can help us to spread the word to patients and/or volunteers by sharing our flyer, we would greatly appreciate it. CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Location: Mountain Empire Airport 8223 Lee Hwy Rural Retreat, VA 24368

Set Up Day: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Clinic Days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 17-19, 2019

Meals: Your meals will be provided onsite throughout each clinic day 

Transportation and Lodging: Housing and transportation arrangements for the weekend are up to each individual volunteer to arrange for themselves. If you are able to volunteer, we suggest checking booking sites and hotels within an hour radius of the clinic location. 

Professionals licensed outside of Virginia will receive instructions on how to apply for a temporary permit once they register. If you are able to volunteer, please log into your volunteer account to register: Click Here

If you have any additional questions, please call RAM Headquarters at (865) 579-1530.

Thank you,

THE RAM VOLUNTEER TEAM

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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