Date: 28 November 2016
Name: John Avudria
Email: javudria@gmail.com
Please tell us in which category to post your message: We are looking for a VOSH team to come to our area
What would you like your message to say?: We cannot be thankful enough for VOSH team that visited two Hospitals in West Nile Region in Northern Uganda a few years ago. The Mission was so successful and the demand for eye care services exceeded the resources.
Recently, there has been influx of refugees from South Sudan & DR Congo that has overwhelmed resources in the West Nile region. South Sudan is a region infested with Black Flies that cause River Blindness.  
Healthcare facilities in the West Nile districts cannot cope with demand for health services. We are are a small charitable organization known as Nile Care Inc (www.Nilecareinc.org).
We are looking for a VOSH chapter that is willing to team with us to Visit Arua & Maracha Hospitals one more time. We members of Nile Care will coordinate all logistics, Immigration paper work, Accomodation, Feeding and Local transportation from Entebbe Airport to Arua and back.
If you chapter is willing to help, Please contact:
John Jackson Avudria
Mobile: 262-220-0292
Email: javudria@gmail.com

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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