Travel Grants for International VOSH and SVOSH Chapters to Attend the 2019 VOSH Annual Meeting

Becas de Transporte para Capitulos VOSH y SVOSH para Asistir a la Reunión Anual
de VOSH

Travel Grants For International VOSH and SVOSH Chapters to Attend the 2019 VOSH Annual Meeting 

The 2019 Annual Meeting is approaching, and we are excited to announce that funding has been secured to support part of the transport costs of our international VOSH and SVOSH Chapters to the event.

Thanks to the support of National Vision Inc. we can offer travel grants to our international chapters planning to come to the event.

The grants are up to US$500 for VOSH/International members located in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia regions. Each international VOSH chapter can apply to one travel grant.

VOSH/International chapters that follow the criteria below are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for applications is August 19, 2019.  Decisions will be announced on August 29, 2019.

Criteria for application

-VOSH membership for at least 2 years

-Applying VOSH and SVOSH Chapters should be active demonstrated by their regular sharing of information/data on their activities with VOSH/International or their participation in activities with any of our chapters in the last year.

To apply for this grant please fill in the form.

https://voshinternational.wufoo.com/forms/travel-grant-beca-de-transporte/

Good luck and hope to see you in Orlando!

 

Becas de Transporte para Capítulos Internacionales VOSH y SVOSH para Asistir a la Reunión Anual 2019

La Reunión Anual de VOSH/International se aproxima y estamos muy complacidos de informarles que hemos logrado financiamiento para cubrir parte de los costos de transporte de nuestros capítulos internacionales VOSH y SVOSH para que puedan asistir al evento.

Gracias al apoyo de National Vision Inc. podemos ofrecer becas de transporte a nuestros capítulos internacionales que planean participar en nuestro evento.

Las becas son de hasta US$500 para los miembros de VOSH/International de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, del África y Asia. Cada capítulo internacional de VOSH/International puede postular a una beca.

Animamos a los capítulos de VOSH/International que cumplen con los requisitos a postularse.  La fecha límite de aplicaciones es el 19 de agosto. Los resultados se comunicarán el 29 de agosto.

Requisitos para las postulaciones

-Ser miembros de VOSH/International por lo menos por dos años

-Los capítulos VOSH o SVOSH deben ser miembros activos que demuestren haber compartido información/datos sobre sus actividades con VOSH/International o haber participado en actividades conjuntas con cualquier otro capítulo VOSH durante el año pasado.

Para solicitar la subvención por favor complete el siguiente formulario.

https://voshinternational.wufoo.com/forms/travel-grant-beca-de-transporte/

Buena suerte y esperamos verlo en Orlando!

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