VOSH International is an American non-governmental organization which seeks to facilitate the provision and sustainability of vision care across the globe. Over the past week a VOSH international team has come to our country to conduct clinics in the Orange Walk District and is working hand in hand with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired in the north.
Dr. Michael Bond is heading the mission which carried out clinics today at BCVI Orange Walk and San Jose village simultaneously. He told us the team is conducting eye checkups, treating mild eye problems and distributing eyeglasses.
Dr. Michael Bond- VOSH International
“We’ve been in the Orange Walk District this time and each year we go to different areas and we are giving eye examinations and we are treating injuries or infections trying to distribute eye glasses and prescription eye glasses as well. This is our first year in Belize and we are doing ii in association with BCVI and we are happy to do this in conjunction with them because they are telling us to go where the need is to help people with their vision.”
The Orange Walk Center for the Visually Impaired covers the north of our country offering services to both the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The helping hand these volunteers gave today will definitely make the work load easier.
Shamira Carillo- Field Officer BCVI
“It was a pleasure to work with Doctor Mike and yes we attended to a lot of people concerning a lot of cataracts. It was great to have the VOSH Team working with us here at BCVI. A lot of cataract has been on our list right now and the numbers keep growing on and they made an excellent job because we are now categorizing them and this makes it a little bit easier for the patients to come in.”
Today’s clinic was the last conducted by the VOSH International team of 20 as they leave tomorrow. The group plans to be back next year to cover more rural areas and expand their work to other parts of the country. Throughout their three day stay the team tended to over 300 persons.