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

California Medical Team lands in Chosica, Peru

Dr. T. Brian Callister fixes a child
Dr. T. Brian Callister fixes a child's broken arm!

22 members of the HRMM 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 provies basic Internal Medicine and Family Practice, The teams hauls their own gear and sets up shop right in the street with 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, HRMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.  

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.

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