Upcoming and Recent Eye Care Trips

Interested in joining an already planned mission? Looking for others to join your upcoming trip?
Check out some of the mission trips VOSH-ONE members are involved in below. 


Upcoming Trips


Nicaragua – February 2, 2018 

VOSH-ONETrip Contact: Joe D’Amico, OD
Joe is planning a one week trip to Granada, Nicaragua.  They plan to arrive on Friday, have a triage on Saturday, and then see patients Monday through Thursday. Dr. Lee Lerner and Dr. Karen Koumjian will also be participating. 

Dominican Republic – April 6-13, 2018
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Ilara Donarum, OD 
Trip being planned to go to Santiago and Monte Plata Province in the Dominican Republic. Potential combined effort between Dr. Ilara Donarum and SVOSH? Approx. 350 children need to be seen.

Dominican Republic – April 2018
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Bina Patel, OD
SVOSH NECO mission in partnership with the Batey Relief Alliance.  They plan to service the Monte Plata province. 


Recent Trips


El Salvador – October 2017
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Jenifer Ambler, OD
Joint dental and optometry mission. Stayed at a retreat in San Salvador (Catholic based) premises. Very good accommodations/clinic setting - air conditioning and electricity!
Ended up being 3 days of clinic instead of 4 secondary to lost luggage.  Rotary club member connection allows for long term climate controlled storage in country. Cataract surgeries were available via FUDAM on a sliding scale basis. 
No issues this year with airport customs this trip. 
Gang issues becoming significant. 
Approx. 300 patients seen.  Dr. Ed Warren and Dr. Jane Penthany also went on the trip.

Dominican Republic - March 31 - April 7, 2017
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Bina Patel, OD
4 day mission – 23 optometry students went on trip. 4 OD's went on trip: Dr. Jeff Ho, Dr. Jameel Kanji, Dr. Bina Patel, and Dr. Nicole Theiss. 
Clinic site was at the Gildan Factory, a batey in Guerre. The patients were bused into the premises and the set up was very comfortable and supportive through the mission.  Maria from the Batey Relief Alliance helped facilitate the trip. 

Nicaragua - February 3-10, 2017
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Joe D'Amico, OD
5 day mission. 6 optometry students, 2 optometrists and 2 other volunteers participated in the trip. 
About 700 patients were seen. Clinic was very nice - the best hospital in Granada. The optometrist set up a lane and moved through the patients.  Also had a free day to do some sight seeing – active volcano – top of the crater – largest lake of several islands, etc.  See YouTube video at top of page. YouTube video by Daniel O'Dowd.

Dominican Republic - October 13-15, 2016  
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Ilara Donarum, OD
Santiago, Dominican Republic. Very poor community near landfill. Clinic took place in a well outfitted school. Saw approximately 370 patients, mostly children. Some glasses were custom made after the completion of the mission and shipped back to patients. Group was supported by Timberland, which has a factory nearby. Timberland supplied resource: transportation, financial support, translators, etc. Overall very successful mission and have received requests from other schools for future missions.

Haiti - November 2016  
VOSH-ONE Trip Contact: Jen Hyde
Jen Hyde participated in a trip to Haiti with Diane Wilson, OD and VOSH-PA on Nov 13th. 3 optometrists, 4 optometry students, and 4 other volunteers participated in the trip. They saw patients at 5 clinic locations in the Cap Haitien area. The Newton, MA Lions Club paid for 20 patients to have cataract surgery (over $1000)!


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