VOSH-Northwest Named Chapter of the Month for February 2020! Congratulations to This Amazing Chapter!

Chapter Changes Lead to VOSH-NW Serving More Patients Locally and Abroad in the “Year of the Eye Doctor”

VOSH-Northwest has been very busy this past year. In January 2019, we participated in the Kitsap Homeless Clinic which served approximated 200 local people. In May, 2019, VOSH-NW traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, completing a 5 day mission clinic, serving 2300 local citizens. VOSH-NW also serves the Millionaire’s Club in Seattle during the year along with the Union Gospel Clinic in Spokane, WA. We look forward to a mission trip to Lima, Peru in September 2020 as well as continuing to participate in the local charities in Washington State.

2019 has been a year of change for us. Following the lead of VOSH/International, we have decided to restructure the way we run international clinics with a push to use new glasses. That meant a major clean out and reduction of our used glasses, a very huge undertaking to say the least. We have continued to update our logo to the new VOSH-Northwest logo to follow suite with VOSH/International,  replacing our 3 banners in November.

We look forward to a great 2020, the year of the Eye Doctor!!!

Debbie McDonald, Pres.
VOSH Northwest

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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