VOSH-Texas has been selected as the VOSH May Chapter of the Month!

For it’s extraordinary work at the Guerrero Clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Read on and check out the video which includes much about VOSH itself and its contributions at http://texasvosh.org/clinicvideo.html

From VOSH-Texas:
Vosh Texas for its commitment to the Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico clinic. This clinic was established in 1989, built out its own permanent facility and brings many disciplines to care for a very unserved population. Volunteers come to 3 or 4 VOSH sponsored clinics each year where they provide over half the indigent care in the State of Chihuahua. Our just completed March clinic saw volunteers from Mass., New Mexico, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, the Dominican Republic and Mexico work beautifully together. At any given clinic, we may provide Plastic Surgery, OBGYN, General Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Fabricating and dispensing Opticians as well as Optometry. We have equipped 9 exam rooms, three dental suites, and a surgery that can accommodate 5 eye surgeons simultaneously. We encourage SVOSH participation and have had optometry students from 5 different optometry colleges attend where they get invaluable first hand experiences.

The Guerrero clinic provides eye and dental care to the indigent population of the State Of Chihuahua and Mexico.

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and 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. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

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 hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021