The World Sight Day Challenge is a major international fundraising campaign that brings the global optometry community together to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment. Together we can make a bigger impact!

Gear up now for the annual World Sight Day Challenge to raise money for Optometry Giving Sight, a vital partner and supporter of VOSH/International. We urge all to participate and raise money for OGS.

The theme this year is “Help A Child To See!” Know that for as little as $5 of every donation it will help to give someone an eye exam and a pair of glasses. No one, especially a child, should be limited by poor vision. Check out the video and this link for challenge activitioes and to donate. www.givingsight.org/giving/world-sight-day-challenge.html

Optometry Giving Sight World Sight Day Video

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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