Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance

VIDA is a non-profit organization providing dual service to both Latin America and Northern California by collecting surplus medical supplies and equipment from health institutions, diverting them from landfills, and shipping them to Latin American hospitals and clinics that rely on such donations for the provision of basic health care.
Jul 15, 2014

VIDA Has Not Forgotten Haiti!

Dear Friends of Haiti,

In spite of the many struggles to move donations through customs, VIDA remains fully committed to this impoverished country that has now receded into the background after the tragic earthquake.  The problems and struggles remain overwhelming. 

VIDA is continuing to send additional aid to our project in Cayes Jacmel which is still reeling from the effects of the devastating earthquake. A group of physicians led by Dr. Magloir continues to visit Haiti twice a year, bringing with them donated supplies and equipment from VIDA. Thanks to the generosity of so many, thousands of impoverished Haitians have received care.  Most recently, the group carried 25 suitcases of expensive respiratory supplies and equipment along with patient care materials.   The value of the materials was in excess of $100,000.  These type of shipments will continue six times a year due to your support.

We are also pleased to announce that are earlier ocean container sponsored by Otis McAllister, Inc. carrying $250,000 in aid has cleared customs and is in transit to St. Damien's Pediatric Hospital.   We look forward to sharing more information on this shipment in the next report.

Jul 15, 2014

VIDA and Medical Team Join Forces in Lima

Dr. Callister brings a smile to his first patient!
Dr. Callister brings a smile to his first patient!

22 members of the HRMM medical team from Antioch, California have the hit streets of downtown Lima at the doorsteps of the birthplace of St. Martin Deporres.  The team is comprised of doctors and nurses who will provie care to over one thousand patients at the VIDA project "Casa Hogar.".  

The Team provies basic Internal Medicine and will be focusing on youth and the elderly, as Casa Hogar runs both youth and senior programs.  The team will set up shop right in the street with tents to care in Lima's poorest neighborhoods. The VIDA team faciliated the transportation of over $250,000 in medicine and supplies to be used during the two week mission.  In addition, four 5th year peruvian medical students have joined the mission to hone their skills and learn from physicians and nurses who work at some of the most presitgous medical schools in the United States.  These students are working on a program to establish ongoing care  after the medical team leaves.  

In addition, VIDA's container is due to arrive August 1, 2014.  The shipment is carrying medical equipment and supplies to outfit the clinic. The shipment is carrying  hundreds of walkers, canes and other ambulatory items that will provide mobility to the program's senior citizens. This effort is the result of the hard work of VIDA Peru, HRMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.  

Jul 15, 2014

Medical Team on the Streets of Chosica, Peru

Dr. Callister with Peruvian Students
Dr. Callister with Peruvian Students

22 members of the HRIMM medical team from Antioch, California are hard at work in Chosica, Peru. The team is comprised of doctors and nurses who will provie care to over two thousand patients at the VIDA project "Hermanas Misioneras de Nstra. Sra. del Perpetuo Socorro" in Chosica, Peru.  

The Team provides basic Internal Medicine and Family Care, The teams hauls their own gear and sets up shop right in the street with mobile tents to care for some of Peru's poorest citiizens.  The VIDA team faciliated the transportation of over $250,000 in medicine and supplies to be used during the two week mission.  In addition, four 5th year peruvian medical students have joined the mission to hone their skills and learn from physicians and nurses who work at some of the most presitgous medical schools in the United States.  These students are working on a program to establish ongoing care  after the medical team leaves.  

In addition, VIDA's container is due to arrive August 1, 2014.  The shipment is carrying medical equipment and supplies to outfit the clinic.  This effort is the result of the hard work of VIDA Peru, HRIMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.  

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