Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
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Maria Arce-Moreira, Executive Director 





This year’s theme Envisioning a new world” reinforces our commitment to a world where everyone has access to eye health and vision care that is affordable, accessible and of high professional standards. 

2020 marks a key year for vision and although the celebrations of achievements and the revealing of new plans were put aside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health inequalities that the pandemic has unveiled, make it even more relevant to be prepared to provide services to those most vulnerable who are in risk of being left behind in what will be a more challenging world in the future.

The meeting will explore the role tele-health and innovation, vision rehabilitation through assistive technologies, approaches to eye health for people with disabilities, the impact of school screenings and a range of country experiences.  This year we will offer two COPE accredited sessions.

Although we will miss the personal interaction, please join us for a day of sharing and learning from the comfort of your own home.  You can find details of the programme below.  

Paying the registration fee using Zelle

We would like to encourage our US VOSH chapters and US partners to pay the registration fee using Zelle if possible. To do this, please visit https://www.zellepay.com/how-it-works and follow the steps provided by your bank.  The registration fee should be sent to our Treasurer, Mark Rakoczy at rakoczy@vosh.org

Once you paid, you can register using the promotional code VOSH2020 and selecting Zelle as the payment category. This will save us resources in fees.  Thanks a lot for the extra step.

Preliminary Program

*All times shown are US Central Standard Time (CST)



Block 1

Session 1 -Governance

9:00-9:05 am US CST

Roll call


In Memoriam


Welcome - President's Report and Chapter of the Month Announcements

Dan Twelker, OD


Financial Report by Treasurer, Mark Rakoczy, OD





Block 2

Session 2

10:00-10:05am US CST

Video Finalist 1


Presentation of the Humanitarian of the Year Award


Keynote presentation-Telehealth and primary eye care in a post-COVID world. Bina Patel, OD, FAAO




Session 3


Video Finalist 2


Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award


Break- Café Latino




Block 3

Session 4

11:50-12:50pm US CST

Assessing patients with Intellectual and other disabilities, Sandra Block, OD, MEd, MPH, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP

COPE lecture - to be requested

12:50-1:00 pm

Break -World Cafe


Session 5


Video Finalist 3


Eye care services in conflict and disaster affected populations.  Jerry Vincent, OD 

1:40-2:00 pm

Break- Café Latino



Block 4

Session 6

2:00-3:00pm US CST

Assistive Technology in Vision Rehabilitation, Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI. COPE 69538-LV


Recognition of all VOSH Fellows (FVI) and Fellowship Presentation


Meeting Room 1 

The importance and impact of school screenings. Experience of SVOSH-Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Dr Emiliano Teran Bobadilla, Faculty Adviser SVOSH-UAS

Meeting Room 2 

Setting up a contact lenses laboratory in Ghana. Lessons learned from the collaboration between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and VOSH/International.

Dr. Ellen Konadu Antwi-Adjei. Dan Twelker, OD


Announcement of video contest winners


Closing remarks by President