The amazing VOSH-India, led by the dynamic and marvelous dedication of Chapter President Yogita Rajgandhi, is the VOSH/International selection as the first VOSH Chapter of the Month of 2018. Optometric activities in India are extraordinary and Yogita and VOSH-India are central in spreading the word and in deed on visual health as the three linked reports forwarded by VOSH-Indias President Yogita Rajgandhi, OD testify.
Think of thousands throughout India observing World Sight Day in multiple activities
See The Indian Optician November-December 2017 – well worth readying for the activity and the background of it all: http://www.yogitarajgandhi.com/Yogita%20ND%202017%20WSD.pdf
Think of events surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Netra Mandir Optometry Institute in Mumbai. About 430 delegates registered for the first event, a Continuing Optometric Education (COE) program for optometrists. The distinguished speakers included VOSH-India President Yogita Rajgandi speaking on “Recent technology in management of low vision” Read of the other associated events at:
When the AAI Foundation organized an event for Visually Impaired People to celebrate World Disability Day, the chief guest was VOSH-India President Optometrist Yogita, pictured below. After speaking at the event, Dr. Rajgandi was interviewed by Samay National News and aired on television.
The activities and achievement goes on. Congratulations to VOSH-India, VOSH Chapter of the Month!

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