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

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