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.
Feb 6, 2014

Shipments to Cusco and the Antiplano Region

We are excited to announce that a portion of the VIDA shipments valued at over $2 million that arrived in Peru January 2014 will benefits our projects in Cuzco Peru.  Some of these donations will be directed to Policlinico Belen, a program supporting single mothers and their children as well as orphans.  This project is also supported by doctors affiliated with USCF Medical School. This shipment will help outfit the projects clinic that was in desperate need of supplies and equipment We are pleased to share with you that VIDA has fully equipped the clinic with beds, exam tables and other equipment that allows the clinic to serve their patients with dignity. VIDA will continue to re-supply the clinic twice a year.

 VIDA will also begin shipping supplies and equipment to clinics in the impoverished Antiplano region of Peru 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). The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser held in October 2013 that raised over $40,000 to launch the project. VIDA will be outfitting several clinics with hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The containers will be shipped out in late February and are due to arrive in Lima in late March. The contents will then be shipped by rail and truck and is due to arrive in the region in early April.

Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

Feb 6, 2014

$2 million in life saving aid arrives in Peru!

Two shipments carrying over $2 million in aid arrived in Lima Peru on January 3, 2014. The shipment contained 40 Hill Rom hospital beds, 6 gurneys, 14 exam tables and over 1,000 crutches and walkers. The shipment also contained 20 pallets of medical supplies including 200 boxes of surgical gloves valued at over $50,000.

Based on the success of our new initiative in Peru called Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by Dr. Michael Halperin, VIDA will be sending its second contingent of third year medical students from Saba University Medical School in the Dutch Caribbean. The project links medical school students here in the United States and abroad to the Peruvian healthcare system through a two week visit to hospitals and clinics throughout Peru working with health care professionals and documenting the healthcare system in Peru.

The trip will include a three day stay in the Amazon where the students will be joining a team of doctors and health care workers as part of the Puente de VIDA program. The students will assist in screening and treating the patients, many of whom have never seen a doctor.

Feb 6, 2014

Container bound for St. Damien Hospital

VIDA is establishing a foothold in Haiti. VIDA will be making its second shipment to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital that provides free healthcare to Haiti’s poorest children. St. Damien performs advanced medical care from cancer treatment to surgeries for children who would otherwise die. The container is sponsored by our shipping partner Otis McAllister and is carrying 12 pallets of medical supplies and equipment including patient gowns, surgical gowns, exam gloves, diapers, and exam tables donated by Stanford Hospital. The shipment also contains 50,000 face masks donated by CVS Pharmacy.

VIDA is also continuing our support for a project in Cayes Jacmel, managed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloir. Dr. Alix has been providing critical care to thousands residents with the aid of VIDA. Dr. Magloire works with a team of doctors and volunteers who provide care and help transport the donated supplies to remote communities surrounding Cayes Jacmel.

VIDA thank are Global Giving donors for their generous support and making our work in Haiti possible.

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