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 7, 2012

January 2012 Report

VIDA is continuing to support grassroots efforts to bring medical care to the poorest  areas of Haiti.

VIDA supported supported the third trip of a medical team headed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloire who is the Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Veterans Administration Clinic. Dr. Magloire, and two other Haitian born physicians are working at a healthcare center in Cayes Jacmal. The doctor's were able to ship an ultrasound and anesthesia machines on their most recent visit along with general medical supplies.

VIDA also support a local church group which travel to Haiti in December.  They brought 24 suitcases of medical supplies to benefit an orphanage in Port au Prince.

Oct 18, 2011

October 2011 Update

VIDA Haiti
VIDA Haiti

VIDA is continuing to support grassroots efforts to bring medical care to the poorest and worst-affected areas of Haiti. 

VIDA supported supported the second trip of a medical team headed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloire who is the Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Veterans Administration Clinic. Dr. Magloire, and two other Haitian born physicians are working at a healthcare center in Cayes Jacmal. They are treating people for infectious diseases such as malaria, gastrointestinal disease, cardiac, metabolic diseases and orthopedic issues. Infectious diseases run rampant due to poor infrastructure and clean water. The doctors brough additional endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia, ECG and dialysis machines on their visit.

VIDA also support a local women's group which travel to Haiti in September.  They brought over 30 suitcases of medical supplies to benefit an orphonage in Port au Prince

Our efforts continue to evolve and will be long term.

Oct 18, 2011

October 2011 Update

VIDA
VIDA

In 2011, VIDA has distributed over $11 million in aid to Peru in to support our 200 plus healthcare partners in Peru.  VIDA recently airlifted over $2 million in antibiotics to help combat the respiratory illnesses during the winter season. VIDA will be sending another container in November to benefit the service providers operating in the disaster area. VIDA Peru has launched a new pilot program, Project Pamplona, which provides critical medical and nutrition services and education to shantytowns in the barren mountains surrounding Lima.  VIDA has installed five pre-fab medical dispensaries that serve a population of up to 10,000 people. All of these communities lack running water, electricity, or indoor plumbing.  The average daily wage is less than $4 a day and the residents suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses due to exposure to the elements and the unsanitary living conditions.  VIDA Pamplona is the first line of defense against the chronic health issues plaguing the community.  Staff is working with the local community in an education program to implement safe drinking water solutions which are the primary source of illness.  VIDA will be sending a shipment at the end of October to help equip and resupply the medical dispensaries.


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