Rwanda Becomes First Poor Country to Provide Eye Care for All? . https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/31/rwanda-becomes-first-poor-country-to-provide-eye-care-for-all?CMP=share_btn_link

 CEWire2019 Launches COPE credits: IT’S HERE FOR YOU! Check it out at: http://www.cewire2019.com

UGANDA GRADUATES FIRST OPTOMETRISTS: VOSH Corps assisted the fledging Optometry program in Uganda and celebrates its first graduating class. 
Read on by clicking link:https://www.brienholdenvision.org/news/item/182-uganda-celebrates-first-graduation-of-optometrists.html

Open Eyes Beyond Border www.openeyesbb.org is 

looking for volunteers for its inaugural vision campaign in Vietnam July 8-11 in Quang Ngai (the middle part of Vietnam) and July 15-18 in Long An (Saigon- Mekong delta areas). VOSH groups/volunteers are invited to join mission trip at either one or both locations. Contact Team Leader Kim Trinh directly for any additional information or questions: openeyesbb@gmail.com

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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