Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) is an international agency whose mandate is to facilitate the provision and sustainability of vision care worldwide to people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. VOSH Waterloo is a chapter of VOSH International, a not-for-profit organization that has been in operation since 1971. Dedicated volunteers provide optometric care in the form of ocular health checks and eye wear in developing countries. Each clinic lasts between 7 and 10 days, and 400-700 patients are typically seen per day. Each year, Waterloo optometry students and practicing optometrists collaborate with other North American VOSH chapters and non-profit organizations to embark on mission trips around the world.
SVOSH President Maryam Askarpoor was featured in a news article in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, before her mission trip to a unique eyecare clinic in the Philippines.
An article about Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) was featured in the School of Optometry and Vision Science Newsletter.