VOSH Midyear Meeting 2020 Resources

The first online VOSH  Midyear Meeting took place on Saturday June 27, 2020. Our gratitude to all our presenters and participants in a day full of discussions and sharing.  The video recordings of the sessions are now available in Vimeo.

Our gratefulness to Bryan who helped us format the videos.

Session 1. “The WHO World Report on Vision and what it means for optometry” by Sandra Block, OD, M Ed, MPH, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP.  https://vimeo.com/443864416

Session 2: “Review of VOSH/International Clinical Guidelines” by Dan Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI. https://vimeo.com/443866616

Session 3: “Optometry in the Latin American region: challenges and opportunities” by Hector Santiago, OD, PhD, FAAO. https://vimeo.com/443868324

Session 4: “VOSH/International membership benefits and key programs” by Victoria Molnar Weiss, OD, FVAO, FVI https://vimeo.com/443870773

Session 5: Optometry development in Vietnam: an overview of progress” by Robert Molter, OD, FAAO.  https://vimeo.com/443872018

Session 6: Legal clinic for VOSH/International chapters” by John Gehrig, Esq, FVI

VOSH/International General Legal Counsel and Natalie Venezia, FVI Former Executive Director VOSH/International. https://vimeo.com/443873886 and https://vimeo.com/443874871

Session 7: “KEY TRAVEL: Travel management services for VOSH/International humanitarian clinics” by Kevin Brown, Senior VP, Sales, NA, Key Travel. https://vimeo.com/443875748

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