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.
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.

Mar 27, 2010

Container Shipment updates thanks to donations

Thanks to our very generous financial and medical supply donors, VIDA responded to the devastating 7. 0 earthquake in Haiti by sending a total of two containers carrying over $1.5 million in medical supplies into the triage system in Port-au-Prince.

The emergency medical supplies and equipments were distributed to numerous field hospitals, operating (but badly damaged) hospitals and clinics, and medical mission teams all of whom were delivering life saving medical care to thousands of Haitians.

VIDA continues to collect donations - both financial and medical for future shipments. Please help us meet our project goals.

As Haiti turns to its long-term rebuilding phase, VIDA is finalizing plans with its partners to help rebuild destroyed hospitals and clinics in the badly damaged Petit Goave region, just west of Port-au-Prince.

Meanwhile the 8.8 earthquake in Chile occurred just weeks after- and our team responded immediately. We have added a Global Giving project for Chile that now needs your help. Please visit the project to see our needs and progress.


Feb 1, 2010

Twelve more pallets headed to Haiti

Just an update to let our supporters know that we have collected an additional 12 pallets of medical supplies this week - with more coming in daily. As the materials arrive they are sorted, documented and then arranged on wooden pallets so they can be shipped safely to the destination and distributed in an organized manner.

The medical supplies are collected from many partners in the Bay Area - hospitals and clinics that we have long standing relationships with.

Our work has a threefold purpose- disaster relief, general medical relief year long in Latin America and saving/diverting what would be medical waste from Bay Area landfills.

If you work in the medical industry and can benefit from our life saving work - please contact us!

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