Dear Friends/Volunteers,
We are looking forward to our third RAM Virginia clinic in Smyth County, Virginia May 4,5 & 6. This is held at the Mountain Empire Airport alongside 81 in Marion near Wytheville, Virginia.
Thanks to all of you who have signed up and volunteered already! We still need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Dentists.
We see many patients over the 3 days who are in great need of our services.
You can register at volunteer.ramusa.org 
for most of the rest of the clinics for the year. I am attaching the 2018 schedule as well as our most recent newsletter.
 
I am holding block of rooms in Wytheville if any Optometrists/Ophthalmologists/Opticians need a room for 109$ a night with a bagged breakfast. If you would like a reservation there let me know. 
 
If you are volunteering for the eycare team please let me know at vickiweiss@ramusa.org
 
Gratefully,
Vicki
Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, F.V.A.O.
Optometrist
President of the Board of Directors for RAM (Remote Area Medical) Virginia
Vice President VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) -Virginia
RAM (Remote Area Medical) Board of Directors
Virginia College of Optometry Board of Trustees
Board Academy Graduate 2016 Center for Non Profit Excellence
Ken Studer Friend of the Virginia Rural Health Association Award 2016
Humanitarian of the Year VOSH International 2015
Adjunct Faculty SUNY State College of Optometry
RAM Virginia Vision Director
The Franklin Harms Society Member-VOSH
United Way of Southwest Virginia Volunteer of the Year in Health 2015
Lion’s Club Member
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