VOSH-NC is recruiting doctors for our upcoming mission to Trinidad. We currently only have one OD signed up for this clinic, and would love to have at least 4 or 5.  We held our first clinic in Trinidad last January, and the Rotary Club of Penal are great hosts, hard workers, and fun people.
Next VOSH-NC Clinic: January 10-13, 2017 – Penal, Trinidad
Trip Leader: Christina Smith, OD drcsmith@bellsouth.net 
Host: Rotary Club of Penal  
Trip Fee: $200 per person
Food and accommodation during the trip are paid for by the Rotary Club of Penal.  
 
Expenses will include the $200 trip fee + flights + any extra travel you want to plan (flights to Tobago for the weekend ~$50)
 
This trip will cap at 12 people.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Christina Smith drcsmith@bellsouth.net.
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