Remote Area Medical™ (RAM™) has been sending teams of volunteers to go to Greece to help in what has become the largest movement of refugees since World War II. But we need to do more. Please help us to recruit volunteers starting immediately in 2016.  Optometrists and other eye specialists are needed to prescribe eye glasses for adults and children who have lost their glasses, or perhaps never had a pair in their war torn communities.  We also need dentists to relieve pain from infected teeth, as well as pediatricians, women’s health specialists, nurses, EMTs, and other folks who just feel the urge to help. Please call your nearest RAM Recruiting Station at 865 579 1530, www.ramusa.org or email Stan Brock stanbrock@ramusa.org or Oriane Leake ​orianeleake@ramusa.org.

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