VOSH- Santa Cruz, Quebec, Canada

by PIerre Labine

Le 2 déc. 14

Salut à tous

 Nous sommes revenus de la mission au Mexique après une clinique de 7 jours . Pour des raisons  hors du contrôle de nos hôtes, le site a été changé de Mazamitla à Gomez Farias à 10 kms au nord de Guzman 3 jours avant notre arrivée. Nous avons reçu 2,180 patients sur une population de 10,000 personnes. Comme d’habitude au Mexique nos hôtes le maire et sa femme nous ont bien accueillis et nous avons rencontré des gens très sympathiques. Merci à tous l’équipe qui a œuvré pour répondre aux besoins des gens. L’an prochain, la mission aura lieu à LaBarca au Club Rotary.

Hello everyone

We have just returned from the mission to Mexico where we held a 7 day clinic. Because of unforeseen problems, the mission site was changed from Mazamitla to Gomez Farias abour 10 kms north of Guzman 3 days before our arrival. We received 2,180 patients in a town of 10,000. As usual, our host the mayor and his wife offered us a warm welcome and we met some fine people who volunteered their time to be with us. Thanks to the team who diligently worked to respond to the needs of the people. The mission next  year in Mexico will be in Labarca hosted by the Rotary Club.

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