VIDA is navigating turbulent waters to aid Haiti. VIDA ‘s shipment to St. Damien Hospital the premier pediatric hospital in Haiti that provides all services free of charge is currently being held in a Miami warehouse awaiting final customs approval. The container is sponsored by our shipping partner Otis McAllister and is carrying 12 pallets of medical supplies including patient gowns, surgical gowns, exam gloves, surgical gloves, surgical kits and a sundry of patient care items. Included in the shipment is one pallet of sterile surgical gloves valued at over $50,000.
For the past three years, VIDA has embarked on a grassroots strategy to bring medical aid to the poorest areas of Haiti. VIDA’s project in Cayes Jacmel, managed byHaitian born physician, Alix J.Magloir. Dr. Alix has been providing critical care to thousands residents with the aid of VIDA. Dr. Magloir will be taking another trip in early November to the project, carrying over 80 boxes of medical supplies donated by VIDA and made possible by your generous support. Over the past two years, the government has tightened the regulations for donated aid. As a result, the process to ship large containers of aid has become more complex and time consuming. One such exampleis the new requirement that the shipment’s inventory contain the manufacturing date and manufacturers location ( in addition to the expiration date which VIDA already provides) of every item in the shipment. This has significantly increased the inventorying of products and in some cases has eliminated certain products from being sent. However, we are happy to say that VIDA is committed to supplying this project and will continue to supply physician and community groups travelling to Haiti on a monthly basis to provide healthcare to the poor.
VIDA is working on our June 2013 shipment to Haiti with our shipping partner Otis McAllister to benefit our new partner St. Damien Hospital the premier pediatric hospital in Haiti that provides all services free of charge. St. Damien’s provides high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti. More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV while twenty-five percent are admitted for non-infectious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney infection. Most patients admitted are also malnourished. The outpatient clinic treats 100 children daily, for acute, parasitic, and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart diseases (CHD), tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months or years if needed. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health programs of NPFS reach over 30,000 children annually. St. Damien’s Hospital has 120 beds, including an 18 bed emergency unit,10 bed pediatric intensive care unit, and 9 bed cancer center. The shipment will contain $500,000 in critical medical supplies including patient gowns, exam gloves, syringes, surgical kits and a large assortment of patient care supplies.
2012 was an extraordinary year for VIDA as we shipped a record 50 containers carrying nearly $30 million in aid. We have once again witnessed the boundless generosity of people like you who have answered the call to ease the pain and despair of our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Latin America.
For Haiti it a three year anniversary of the earthquake and thereafter rebuilding. Haiti still needs our help.
We currently have five containers of medical supplies, valued at $4 million, sitting in our warehouse ready for shipment to Latin America. Here is where you can help. For every $1 you donate, VIDA is able to send $160 in life-saving medical aid. This is an incredible accomplishment made possible by our dedicated VIDA volunteers, staff, and supporters.VIDA honors the dignity of every individual throughout Latin America, from those living in the Andean communities of Peru, to the shantytowns of Haiti, to the coastal towns of Chile, to the urban centers of Ecuador. We are exceedingly grateful to all of our supporters who have so generously given their time, talents, and treasures to our mission.
Today, we ask you to help us reach our fresh goals for 2013 and bring the gift of LIFE to those in greatest need.
For the past two years, VIDA has embarked on a grassroots strategy to bring medical aid to the poorest areas of Haiti. In response to the terrible living conditions, VIDA has sought new partnerships to send additional aid to our project in Cayes Jacmel. The vast majority of the city’s residents are unable to secure the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and shelter. This terrible poverty has left many without hope for a better future and has led to illness, violence and despair.
Thanks to a generous donation by Gymboree, VIDA has just sent over $100,000 in children’s clothing to the city. It is anticipated that over 2,000 children will be fitted with clothing and shoes from this one shipment due to arrive in September. The project is managed by a medical team led by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloir. Dr. Alix and his team have been providing critical care to tens of thousands residents with the aid of VIDA. In addition to the clothing, VIDA sent over $50,000 in respiratory supplies.
VIDA is already working on its next shipment that will contain additional Gymboree donations as well as wound care supplies. Additionally, VIDA will also be providing room in the shipment for a large donation of musical instruments to benefit the development of a youth orchestra and marching band. The gift of music can go a long way in improving youth mental health, help foster their creative spirit, and give them hope for a better future.
VIDA's work in Cayes Jacmel is an example of a holistic approach that leverages our capacity to efficiently redirect surplus supplies in the United States to people in need in developing countries. This has allowed VIDA to send $150 in aid for every $1 collected.
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