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.
Sep 15, 2011

September 2011 Program Update

VIDA's  Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley Disaster Relief project has moved into the long-term support phase.

The 36 micro clinic partnerships established during the emergency are now recipients of long-term assistance from VIDA to support the healthcare needs of the poor who live in these communities.


In 2011, VIDA has distributed over $10 million in aid to Peru in to support our 200 plus healthcare partners throughout Peru including the 36 in the Sacred Valley vicinity.

VIDA will be sending by airlift over $2 million in antibiotics in October in response to the chronic health problems related to unsanitary living conditions.  All medicines will be distriubted by our partners at no cost.

All donations to this project are used to cover the cost of shipping .

Sep 15, 2011

September 2011 Report

Pamplona Peru
Pamplona Peru

In 2011, VIDA has distributed over $10 million in aid to Peru in to support our 200 plus healthcare partners throughout Peru. VIDA Peru has launched a new pilot program in five shantytown’s located in the barren mountains bordering Lima with the goal of serving 24 communities. All of these communities lack running water, electricity, or indoor plumbing. Housing is constructed from salvaged wood, metal, plastic and cardboard materials with dirt floors.  The average daily wage is less than $4. The residents suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses due to exposure to the elements and the unsanitary living conditions including unclean water.  VIDA has installed five pre-fab medical dispensaries that each provides basic medical care and nutritional supplements to a population of 10,000 people.   

VIDA will be sending by airlift over $2 million in Antibiotics in October in response to the chronic health problems related to unsanitary living conditions.

All donations will go to covering the cost of shipments.

Pamplona Peru
Pamplona Peru
Aug 2, 2011

A brief update: Good news on our progress in Cayes Jacmal, Haiti

First - thank you to all who support us!

In addition to our earlier efforts VIDA has collaborated with our San Diego based partner PCI to send four shipments a year to their clinic in Haiti serving some of the poorest, worst-affected and most densely populated areas of urban Port au Prince, specifically: Fort National, Belair, Nazon and Avenue Poupelard, and Croix Deprez.

Recently VIDA supported 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.

Our fist shipment with PCI included several endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia, ECG and dialysis machines in preparation of their visit.

Our efforts continue to evolve and will be long term.

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