Are you looking for a good foundation upon which to build for your VOSH experiences?  Salus University offers on-line courses that provide VOSH members the necessary knowledge to help build sustainable health systems around the world.

The certificate program is 15 semester hours, divided among six selected courses form the Master of Public Health program:  three elective courses in the areas of humanitarian and refugee health, health and human rights, and global health and leadership.

There are three core courses in the areas of health policy, epidemiology, and program implementation and evaluation.  Each course will provide students with an opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to humanitarian problems.

To learn more, visit http://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Health-Sciences/Public-Health-Programs/Certificate-Programs/Humanitarian-Healthcare.aspx

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