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VOSH California is an organization whose members give their time and skill to deliver vision care to needy people throughout the world. Most of the emphasis has been on developing countries in Latin America where the need is so great.

Planned Trips

VOSH CA Clinics Planned for 2019

Trip Leader for the following trips: Greg Pearl  

Healing California (HC), California Care Force (CCF) and Care Harbor (CH)

Mar 2: Riverside (HC)

Mar 22-24: Indio (CCF)

Mar 30: Indio (HC)

Apr 27-28: Pomona (CH)

May 14-15: Placer County (CCF)

June 28-29: San Diego (HC)

Sep 18-19: Fresno (HC)

Sep 20-22: Antioch (HC)

Oct 18-19: Los Angeles (CH)

Oct 24-26: Anderson (HC)

Oct 25-27: Sacramento (CCF)

Contact John Larcabal  for the following VOSH trip: Peru June 5 – 15, 2019.

VOSH-CA and GPSA Team Up To Create Vision Health Pilot Program In Guatemala

Background:

In efforts to find additional screenings that can be implemented during programs in Guatemala due to numerous participant complaints that the clinic days were too slow, Sara Rodgers (PC/MoH Liaison) contacted Deborah Wright (Volunteer) for Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH) https://vosh.org/ to explore the idea of integrating visual acuity screenings during programs. VOSH is an international organisation that aims to provide free and low cost visual health services to people in the US, Canada, Central America, Africa and Asia. It is an American-based NGO that has been operating for 70 years.

Objectives of the Pilot Project:

  • To broaden the scope of GPSA screening activities for participants and Medical Fellows;
  • To provide free visual acuity tests to people in the rural communities of Guatemala;
  • To provide free visual health education;
  • To provide people with free readings glasses, when applicable;
  • To provide low cost referral services and glasses to people with visual impairments.

Lifetime Achievement Award

VOSH International presented Greg_2015Dr. Greg Pearl with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Pearl is one of the founders of VOSH California. Since 1988 he has been an advocate for providing eye care to those in need throughout the world.  Besides conducting VOSH clinics to El Salvador each Thanksgiving week, he volunteers his time to the Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles every Monday. His goal is to help provide sustainable eye care solutions in countries where the most need is.

Dr. Pearl helped to start the first Optometry school in Nicaragua. Also, the optometry school in Tijuana Mexico did not have any ophthalmic equipment or clinical rooms where the students could get hands-on training and practice. Dr. Pearl saw this need and helped to get the school what they needed. Dr. Pearl and his staff participate each year in the the program Optometry Give Sight. We are very proud of Dr. Pearl and his dedication to the under served population.

Past VOSH California Clinics

2018 Past Trips

Tecate, Mexico –  Feb 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16.  Contact: Greg Pearl

El Porvenir, Baja California, Mexico

Veteran’s Stand Down in Vista CA, Jan 25-28

Santa Rosalia, Baja California Mexico – Feb. 25 – March 4th.

Nicaragua – March 25 – April 1st

Fiji – Feb 24 – March 4th 2018 , Contact:  John Larcabal

California CareForce Clinic in Indio CA, March 23-25. Contact: Greg Pearl

Nicaragua – May 27- June 3. Contact: Greg Pearl

Kenya – June. Contact:  John Larcabal

Peru – July, Contact:  John Larcabal

Israel – September, Contact:  John Larcabal

 

Spring Break 2017 – Chiapas, Mexico
Week of May 20-28

During the last week of May, our VOSH group in coordination with Help Chiapas,  provided Optometric care to the indigenous people of Ignacio Allende, Tumbala in Chiapas Mexico. From the flight arrival into Villahermosa, the location was 6 hours away deep into the jungles of Chiapas. The 3 day clinic provided more than 415 eye exams to these descendants of the Mayan culture. The group was able to provide eye exams including glaucoma care, custom glasses, readers, sunglasses, as well as coordination with Ophthalmology for a retinal detachment, cataract surgeries, and continued glaucoma care.

Optometrists: David T. Kageyama, OD / Thu Nguyen, OD / Ping Ye, OD
2nd year students from SUNY:
Jason Gebran – SVOSH President
Nancy Liu / Phil Nguyen / Nicole Poon / Elizabeth Zhu /
Optometric Assistant:
Mayra Bonilla / Rosa Sanchez Sanchez
Development Director of Help Chiapas:
Alianna Hutchinson

Special thanks to Dr. Jorge Aranda Tello of Opticas Jarmar for all his help in coordinating our care with Ophthalmology as well with the lab for the custom eyewear.

Also a great big thank you to Alianna Hutchinson for making this amazing trip happen.

Total eye exams:  415

Eyewear provided: 277

Sunglasses: 66