22 members of the HRMM medical team from Antioch, California have the hit streets of downtown Lima at the doorsteps of the birthplace of St. Martin Deporres. The team is comprised of doctors and nurses who will provie care to over one thousand patients at the VIDA project "Casa Hogar.".
The Team provies basic Internal Medicine and will be focusing on youth and the elderly, as Casa Hogar runs both youth and senior programs. The team will set up shop right in the street with tents to care in Lima's poorest neighborhoods. The VIDA team faciliated the transportation of over $250,000 in medicine and supplies to be used during the two week mission. In addition, four 5th year peruvian medical students have joined the mission to hone their skills and learn from physicians and nurses who work at some of the most presitgous medical schools in the United States. These students are working on a program to establish ongoing care after the medical team leaves.
In addition, VIDA's container is due to arrive August 1, 2014. The shipment is carrying medical equipment and supplies to outfit the clinic. The shipment is carrying hundreds of walkers, canes and other ambulatory items that will provide mobility to the program's senior citizens. This effort is the result of the hard work of VIDA Peru, HRMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.
Two shipments carrying over $2 million in aid arrived in Lima Peru on January 3, 2014. The shipment contained 40 Hill Rom hospital beds, 6 gurneys, 14 exam tables and over 1,000 crutches and walkers. The shipment also contained 20 pallets of medical supplies including 200 boxes of surgical gloves valued at over $50,000.
Based on the success of our new initiative in Peru called Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by Dr. Michael Halperin, VIDA will be sending its second contingent of third year medical students from Saba University Medical School in the Dutch Caribbean. The project links medical school students here in the United States and abroad to the Peruvian healthcare system through a two week visit to hospitals and clinics throughout Peru working with health care professionals and documenting the healthcare system in Peru.
The trip will include a three day stay in the Amazon where the students will be joining a team of doctors and health care workers as part of the Puente de VIDA program. The students will assist in screening and treating the patients, many of whom have never seen a doctor.
Six shipments carrying over $10 million in aid arrives in Peru. In September and October 2013, VIDA Peru has received generous donations from our warehouse in Emeryville, California and our partners Americares and Direct Relief. The shipment contains much needed hospital equipment from hospital beds to anesthesia machines, 80 pallets of medical supplies, and a shipment of antibiotics. These donations will be distributed to over 20 projects throughout Peru.
VIDA is also excited to announce our new pilot program called Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by San Francisco based physician Michael Halperin. The project links medical school students here in the United States and abroad to the Peruvian healthcare system through a two week visit to hospitals and clinics throughout Peru. The inaugural trip included medical students from Saba University Medical School in the Dutch Caribbean. The students spent 10 days visiting VIDA program sites and working with health care professionals and documenting the healthcare system in Peru.
A highlight of the trip was a visit to VIDA’s Pamplona project where many of Peru’s poorest residents live. There they witnessed the ramifications of the serious issues plaguing the Peruvian healthcare system: overcrowding at public institutions, very long wait times, little coordination, strained allocation of health resources and personnel, especially where need is greatest. VIDA Peru’s projects fill the gaps in the resource starved healthcare system. The one room clinic serves a population of 10,000 inhabitants and delivers primarycare and educational programs to help minimize preventable illnesses.
Four ocean containers and one airlift carrying over $4.5 million in aid arrived in Peru in March 2013. The three containers were filled to capacity with hospital beds, exam tables, wheelchairs, surgical kits along with thousand of boxes of much needed medical supplies.
These donations will be distributed to over 40 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. This donation will benefit tens of thousand of patients who are too poor to be able to receive medical treatment. La Comunidad de Ninos Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru is receiving one of the containers and will receive a portion of the antibiotic shipment. This orphanage houses and educates over 800 children ranging in age from birth to 16 years old. VIDA is committed to serving the long-term needs of the orphanage as well as helping to alleviate the immediate suffering of the children who are fighting infection due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.
We are also excited to announce that four shipments are leaving our warehouse in Emeryville carrying valuable medical supplies and equipment in May 2013. This will benefit tens of thousands of people suffering in Peru. VIDA is working hard to surpass our 24 shipments in 2012 and have set a goal of shipping 30 containers in 2013. This incredible program would not be possible without your support!
Two containers carrying over 150 hospital beds along with a third container carrying over $3million in antibiotics arrived in Lima in early December. These donations will be distributed to over 30 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. Each of these hospital beds has a useful life of over 30 years.
This donation equates to a staggering 54,600 patient days over the useful life of these beds. Sadly ,many of these hospitals do not have even beds for their patients to convalesce. Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being. Thank you for making this donation possible. The shipment of antibiotics will help alleviate the immediate suffering of tens of thousands of patients who are fighting infection. Infections are a systemic problem due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.
We are also excited to announce that three shipments are leaving our warehouse in Emeryville carrying valuable medical supplies and equipment. This will benefit tens of thousands of people suffering in Peru. This will cap off a record year of shipments to Peru. Thanks to your generosity, VIDA will ship 24 containers of aid in 2012! Thank you for your continued support in 2013 and beyond.
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