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.
Oct 17, 2010

Fall 2010 Update

This is a micro VIDA project helping HIV+ young mothers protect their newborns from infection. The work of the clinic is all volunteer and the financial support is needed for basic supplies.

This clinic support is one of 94 micro-clinics supported throughout Peru that VIDA provides medical supplies to on an ongoing basis year round. Though it is not a headline disaster - it is a day to day need. In addition to baby formula VIDA is providing basic medical supplies and equipment.

The San Camilo Home (HSC), a non-profit founded in1995 n the largest cloister of an old convent of the Camillus Monks, for the purposes of accommodating, accompanying and attending to people with HIV/AIDS living in extreme poverty, encouraging a path to health where the value of life is given the greatest priority.

We are grateful to all the donors. If you could please share this project with one friend we can get closer to our project goal.

Jun 11, 2010

Summer Update for the HIV+ Teen Moms in Lima, Peru

Mother and child in the clinic plaza
Mother and child in the clinic plaza

Thank you for wonderful support of this micro project helping HIV+ young mothers feed their newborns. The work of the clinic is all volunteer and the financial support makes a huge difference. This clinic support is one of 94 micro-clinics supported throughout Peru that VIDA provides medical supplies to on an ongoing basis.

The San Camilo Home (HSC), a non-profit founded in1995 n the largest cloister of an old convent of the Camillus Monks, for the purposes of accommodating, accompanying and attending to people with HIV/AIDS living in extreme poverty, encouraging a path to health where the value of life is given the greatest priority.

We are grateful to all the donors. If you could share this project with one friend we can get closer to our project goal.

Gracias!

Jun 10, 2010

VIDA makes a 3 year commitment to Haiti Hospitals

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, VIDA quickly responded by airlifting two containers carrying $2.0 million in medical emergency relief into Haiti's triage supply chain. This was made possible by the generous support of Global Giving members.

In collaboration with Haiti's Ambassador to United States, Raymond Alcide Joseph, and medical doctors based in Florida, VIDA is making a three year commitment to ship twelve containers of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in Petit-Goave, Paillant and Miragoane. These hospitals were decimated in the quake and serve hundreds of thousands of Haiti's poorest citizens.

VIDA has chosen these three hospitals because they are operating in regions overlooked by relief efforts. VIDA focuses our mission on communities that have been forgotten. VIDA is seeking to raise $100,000 to ship $15 million in aid to give life to these communities in need. As soon this project is funded at 50K we will post a new project for the shipping support needed.

VIDA will be sending only the highest quality medical equipment and supplies, from bandages to surgical suites, to get the hospitals up and running and will then resupply the hospital over a three year period to ensure that the clinics have the resources to serve people in need.

A small sample of medical supplies includes: Bandages; Gauze; Blood pressure equipment; First aid kits; Gloves; Hospital or surgical masks; Orthopedic supplies (braces, prosthetics); Skin treatments, including anti-fungal or antibacterial crèmes; Soap; Disinfectants; Stethoscopes, Surgical supplies (including sutures); Syringes & needles, Tongue depressors , Iodine, and Thermometers.

A small sample of medical equipment includes: Hospital beds & gurneys; Stretchers; Cots, Dental or ophthalmology chairs; Disabled and elderly equipment: wheelchairs, walkers (foldable), crutches and canes; Exam & physical therapy tables; Operating tables; Small/portable: pulse oxymeters, defibrillators, incubators, endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia, ECG & dialysis machines, etc.

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