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.
Mar 31, 2015

UCSF Benieoff Children's Hospital supports VIDA

Vida Peru Distribution
Vida Peru Distribution

On the heels of four ocean containers and one airlift carrying over $5 million in aid to Lima, VIDA is shipping out three containers of medical supplies and two air shipments of medicine to Lima.   The three containers are filled to capacity with hospital beds, baby cribs, wheelchairs, surgical kits along with thousands of boxes of much needed medical supplies.   Included in the shipment is a very generous donation from UCSF Benieoff Children”s Hospital which has opened a new hospital in San Francisco.  UCSF is donating all of the equipment and supplies housed in the old hospital to VIDA.

These donations will be distributed to over 20 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. This donation will benefit tens of thousands of patients who are too poor to be able to receive medical treatment.  La Comunidad de Ninos Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru is receiving one of the containers and will receive a portion of the medicine.  This orphanage houses and educates over 800 children ranging in age from birth to 16 years old. 

 VIDA is working hard to surpass our 28 shipments to Peru in 2014 and have set a goal of 32 shipments in 2015.  This incredible program would not be possible without your support!

Mar 31, 2015

VIDA Launches Shipments to Distressed Region

Medical Supplies Airlifted to Tambo Peru
Medical Supplies Airlifted to Tambo Peru

VIDA continues to aid regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade as well as the last vestiges of terrorism. Recently. VIDA partnered with Peru’s Ministry of Health and the military to airlift medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region of Tambo, Ayacucho, which still is afflicted with terrorism. With the help of organizations like VIDA, the people of Tambo are fighting poverty and terrorism through their persistence. VIDA is also preparing to send two containers and one airlift to Arequipa to be distributed to Peru’s Antiplano that is home to alpaca herders.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) and the non-profit group Queachua Benefits.  The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser and the support of Otis McAllister Inc. and Quinoa growers in the region. VIDA will be working with a variety of hospital and small clinics by providing hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The contents will be shipped to Peru’s southern port and then trucked to Arequipa.  Medical teams will then truck the aid to remote clinics in the Antiplano.  VIDA, in collaboration with Direct Relief International will also be airlifting over $500,000 in medicine to Arequipa.

VIDA Airlift
VIDA Airlift
Nov 13, 2014

Two containers make port at Callao, Peru!

Luis loads VIDA container bound for Peru
Luis loads VIDA container bound for Peru

Two containers carrying over $1.5 million in aid arrived in the port of Callao Peru on November 1, 2014.  In addition two containers from the VIDA warehouse carrying over $1 million in aid and one container carrying $1 million in aid from our partner Direct Relief will be leaving for Peru to resupply VIDA projects in Lima, Cuzco, and the Antiplano region near Arequipa.  Beneficiaries range from the large urban Lima pediatric hospital Asociación de Damas Hospital Emergencias Pediátricas to the rural clinic serving single mothers and their children Policlinico Belen in Cuzco.   The shipments contain hospital beds, gurneys, exam tables, crutches, walkers and over 1,000 boxes of medical supplies ranging from gloves to sutures to surgical kits. These shipments could not be possible without the work of VIDA Volunteers who work at the VIDA warehouse in Emeryville California sorting donated medical supplies.  The volunteers sort out expired goods, liquids and medicine. To learn more about volunteering at VIDA please visit our website at www.vidausa.org.  We welcome both individuals and large groups.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

VIDA Volunteers
VIDA Volunteers

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