Humanitarian Opportunities

The following humanitarian opportunities are available to international members. 

If you wish to post an humanitarian opportunity simply complete the online form or contact International Affairs Committee Staff Liaison Caroline Bozell at for more information. Questions should be directed to the contacts for each posting and not to the ASRS office.

Opportunities Available

Mission of Sight - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Posted on December 9, 2016

This project aims to set up a retina clinic to provide lasers and injections to people living in and around Montego Bay, Jamaica. The real Jamaica is nothing like the Sandals ads; right now there is no one providing retinal care for the region, which has a population of several hundred thousand. The goal is to obtain equipment for a lane and a laser, along with injection supplies, so that retinal specialists from the US can rotate down there about every 2 months. The sponsoring nonprofit organization is well run by good people; they already bring US cataract surgeons down there in a way that is both self-sustaining and helps the local ophthalmic infrastructure to grow-an accomplishment that demonstrates both altruism and wisdom. There are direct flights to Montego Bay from the East Coast as well as from Chicago and Atlanta, and the people running the nonprofit have living facilities near the clinic that are quite nice by mission standards. If you want to see if mission work is for you, this is an easy and safe way to start (and you can bring the family). The first step, though, is to get the equipment. So if you know of anyone who can donate any of the above supplies, please let me know.

Contact: Jonathan Walker, MD
1723 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd 
Marion, OH 43302
(260) 436-2181

Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH)

Posted August 2, 2016

 Vitreoretinal consultants and residents are invited, in batches of 1 + 1, to visit us at Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH), located at Sector-55, Gurgaon ( Haryana), India, a 30 minute drive from New Delhi's international IGI Airport, for volunteer work.

ADEH will provide a twin bed, air conditioning, and comfortable accommodations, free of cost, to the visiting ophthalmologists.

Volunteers should be willing to visit villages for a diabetic screening project and participate in the clinical, investigation, andsurgical proceedures, at ADEH.

Contact: Dr. Vaibhav Sethi
Sector-55, Plot # NH-4
Gurgaon, Haryana, India 122011

Midwest Retina Consultants/Daniel C. Alter, MD, PhD

Posted May 2, 2016

Travel on your own or get sponsored by an international organization to provide both medical/surgical retina training in Haiti to local ophthalmologists in Port au Prince or Cap Haitien. Both locations now offer direct flights from US with good accommodations. Very challenging vitrectomy cases. Fond des Blanc and Les Cayes also need medical retina help. This is a perfect chance to upgrade your skills on challenging cases and refresh your spirit all while helping build sustainable skills with local physicians.

Contact: Daniel C. Alter, MD, PhD
1100 W. Central LL-2
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) makes no representation, warranty or guarantee about the opportunities listed on the Humanitarian Opportunities section. The ASRS staff does not prescreen opportunities that are submitted. By using the resources available on the ASRS website, you are agreeing that you will not hold the ASRS responsible for your safety, security, wages, working conditions, fraudulent, or other aspects of any opportunities that you discover while using ASRS resources or to which you might be directed by ASRS staff.