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

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