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

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