VOSH/International

Omaha,  NE 
United States
http://www.vosh.org
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Thanks for your interest in eye health care in the world.

VOSH/International believes in the freedom to see. 

Since 1971 our almost 90 US and international chapters have provided free vision and eye health services to those who cannot afford or access it in the world. Our work contributes to address uncorrected poor vision affecting approximately 2.5 billion people across the world through:

  • Sustainable eye clinics including the short-term humanitarian eye clinis led by our chapters.
  • Supporting optometric education at emerging schools of optometry by recruiting faculty, donating equipment and mentoring.
  • Facilitating networking of optometrists across the world.
  • Developing and sharing clinical guidelines to ensure quality services.

We are the biggest network of volunteer optometrists in the world.  Every year we serve over 110,000 patients in need across the world, including in the US where several of our chapters organise local clinics to serve vulnerable communities.

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  • Newsletter
    Electronic monthly newsletter...

  • Keep up to date with our projects, news from our US and international national and student chapters and from the global eye health care community. 

    Subscribe here

  • 2020 Annual Meeting
    Yearly Networking Event...

  • Our Annual Meeting is the opportunity to meet fellow optometrists interested and working actively in the development of optometry internationally.

    The event counts with the presence of our almost 90 US and international chapters, partners and friends. 

    This year the event is online via Zoom on November 7th.

    You can find more information here

  • VOSH Corps Program
    Teach abroad and help the development of optometry in the world...

  • Have you evert considered teaching optometry abroad?

    Our VOSH Corps program recruits  North American trained ODs to serve in emerging optometric institutions as faculty or program development assistants.

    To date faculty have been sent to Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua and Vietnam. The program is implemented in collaboration with the Brien Holden Foundation (BHF).

    If you are interested to explore the options please send us an email to vosh@vosh.org or apply here

  • Ambassadors Program
    Short term teaching opportunities abroad...

  • MOVE (Motivating Others to VOSH Excellence) promotes greater interaction between VOSH national and international chapters. 

    The Ambassadors’ Program is part of MOVE and supports ODs to share their expertise for short periods of time with one of our international student chapters at schools of optometry across the world. 

    Assignments are normally up to two weeks in duration and include some funds to bring equipment for the international chapter and a travel grant for the ambassador. 

    In view of the current pandemic, the program is going to provide lectures online until travel is again possible and safe.

    Indicate your interest by sending an email to vosh@vosh.org or apply here 

  • Technology Transfer Program
    Donate ophthalmic equipment to support the education of new optometrists across the world...

  • Our Technology Transfer Program (TTP) collects, repairs and refurbishes donated ophthalmic instruments and equipment to send these to emerging schools of optometry and public clinics in low income countries.

    TTP donations help students in these schools to be properly trained, and optometrists in public hospitals to have the equipment to properly examine and care for their patients.

    The program has helped schools and hospitals in Haiti, Vietnam, Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala and Dominican Republic among others.

    If you want to make a donation of equipment please fill in this form 

  • VOSH Reserves Program
    Join ODs interested in volunteering in post disaster activities...

  • The VOSH Reserves Disaster Recovery Program focuses on helping in the recovery process for those affected by natural disasters worldwide.

    The program responded to the devastation of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2014) and after the devastating earthquake in Nepal (2016).  This year's project in the Bahamas in collaboration with Heart to heart International had to be cancelled due to the pandemic but we hope to resume activities next year.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this program complete this form.  You will be part of a database of experienced VOSHers who will be contacted when partner  organizations ask our assistance following natural disasters.

  • 2020 mini Asia Meeting
    Networking and learning with our Asian chapters...

  • Are you interested in the development of optometry in Asia?

    Join us for the mini Asian meeting to be held via Zoom on November 14th.

    Register here or contact us for more details at vosh@vosh.org

  • Join a VOSH chapter
    Join the biggest network of volunteer optometrists in the world...

  • Since 1971 VOSH/International TM through its almost 90 national and international chapters provides free eye health to those who cannot afford or access it.

    Our work contributes to address uncorrected poor vision affecting approximately 2.5 billion people across the world through sustainable humanitarian clinics, technology and knowldege transfer, collaboration and networking.  Each chapter operates autonomously and does incredible work at local and international levels.

    Our chapters always welcome new members.  If you are interested in volunteering please check if there is a chapter in your state and join them.

    More information on our chapters and how to contact them in this link

  • Student Leadership Conference
    A series of meetings to strengthen students' leadership skills and knowledge of optometry in the world...

  • Our SVOSH Leadership Conference is aimed at members of our student chapters in the US and abroad.

    It is organised as a series of independent online sessions that will encourage networking and cooperation, strengthen knowledge and skills and support the development of the future leaders of optometry.

    Are oyu a student of optometry and are interested in our work?  Join the SVOSH chapter at your university and be part of this activity

    Information on where and how to contact SVOSH chapters is here.

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