The Rotary Club of Dominica in collaboration with VOSH International and the Ministry of Health prepare for the 25th annual VOSH Eye Care Mission in Dominica.
VOSH, which stands for Voluntary Optometric Services to Humanity, is an international voluntary organisation with various chapters based in the United States, to execute its mission to provide vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.
The VOSH Michigan Chapter has organised eye care missions to Dominica for the past 24 years, facilitated by the Rotary Club of Dominica and the Ministry of Health, with the 25th mission carded for January 21-24, 2019. Typically an average of 1600 persons are seen each year.
In early October, Dr. Daniel Wrubel, who has coordinated the VOSH missions to Dominica for 23 of the last 24 years, and his wife Genie Wrubel, who coordinates the team’s logistics, visited the island to begin preparations for the upcoming 25th mission.
They met with representatives of the Rotary Club and the Ministry of Health to plan the mission and visited the health centres where the eye care clinics will be held.
Chair of the 2019 VOSH Mission Rotarian Luana Laurent indicated “the 25th Anniversary of VOSH Eye Care Mission is a symbol of service, commitment and unity among all stakeholders, noting that it represents the true essence of volunteerism as the Rotary Club of Dominica continues to be dedicated to the mission despite challenges faced.
“The Rotary Club celebrates 44 Years of Charter and this motivates us to give service. The VOSH mission’s impact on the lives of Dominicans is seen yearly with touching testimonials from children and elderly whose sight has improved, and they are able to live better lives. We aim for 25 more years in partnership with VOSH and the Ministry of Health,” Laurent stated.
Those wishing to attend the VOSH clinics are advised that a ticketing system has been put in place to ensure the smooth flow of persons, and they must be pre-screened at their respective health centres prior to the mission to receive a ticket. A monetary contribution will be required from persons receiving glasses.
The mission dates and clinics are as follows:
- January 21, 2019 – Portsmouth Health Centre
- January 22, 2019 – Laplaine & Grand Bay Health Centres
- January 23, 2019 – St. Joseph Health Centre
- January 24, 2019 – Goodwill Parish Hall
Patients in Marigot, Wesley and Calibishie that are pre-screened will be seen at the Portsmouth clinic from 2pm, while pre-screened patients from Mahaut will be seen at the St. Joseph clinic from 2pm. Only persons that have been pre-screened and have the correct tickets will be allowed entry at the various clinics.