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 9, 2015

4 Containers of Supplies Reach the Andes!

VIDA Peru
VIDA Peru

VIDA continues to aid regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade. 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. In addition to the medical supplies, VIDA has also shipped beds, exam tables, and over 50 office chairs to outfit the outdated hospitals. VIDA has also sent four containers to Arequipa to be distributed to Peru’s Altiplano 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 also made possible by the generous funding of transportation and logistics by Otis McAllister Inc. VIDA is working with a variety of hospital and small clinics by providing hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The containers are shipped to Lima and then trucked 8 hours to Arequipa. From Arequipa the remaining donations are then sent to Puno and finally the balance of the donations are dispersed throughout the Altiplano.  VIDA shipments total in excess of $2 million.

Jul 9, 2015

Millions of Dollars of Aid distributed in Lima!

VIDA Peru warehouse full of inventoried supplies!
VIDA Peru warehouse full of inventoried supplies!

The warehouse is full in Lima! Five containers carrying 50 hospital beds, 75 exam tables, 2,000 walkers and crutches, along with a sundry of other equipment and supplies have arrived in Lima over the past two months.  These donations will be distributed to over 40 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV.  Each of these hospital beds alone have a useful life of over 30 years.  

Sadly, many of these hospitals do not have even beds for their patients to convalesce.  Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being while also improving the morale of healthcare workers who struggle everyday just to provide basic care.  Even access to sterile gloves and gowns makes a huge difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals.  Thank you for making this donation possible.  Also included in the shipment were antibiotics that will help alleviate the immediate suffering of tens of thousands of patients who are fighting infection.  Infections are a systemic problem due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.

We are also excited to announce that VIDA summer intern Gabriella Fleischman will be working in the VIDA Peru warehouse. Gabriella will be working with the Peruvian staff to document in pictures and in words our amazing work. 

VIDA
VIDA's Gabriella Fleischman and Carlos Zapata
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!

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