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 9, 2017

VIDA Expands Outreach to Peru's Andean Region

VIDA Peru
VIDA Peru

VIDA’s relief efforts continue to expand across  Peru’s Andean Region.   Over the past three months, VIDA has secured four shipments of medicine to Peru, including Cuzco, Ayacucho and Arequipa.  VIDA has partnered with the Ministry of Health to distribute this life saving medicine through an extensive network of clinics and hospitals that serve Peru's poorest citizens.

Access to safe drinking water remains a challenge in the poorest districts of Peru and is a source of chronic infections.  This large donation will benefit thousands of patients - preventing disease and illnesses. We are also supplying the dedicated doctors and nurses who volunteer with our Puente de Vida program. These caregivers bring supplies and medicine to the remote villages surrounding these urban centers, and represent some of the poorest communities.

We are also sending two containers full of supplies and equipment in February 2017 that will be distributed to the Andean region. Thousands of crutches and walkers, along with wheelchairs, beds and exam tables will help build out the regions healthcare infrastructure.  Included in the shipment is a state of the art portable automated refractor which is a computer-controlled machine used during an eye examination to provide an objective measurement of a person's refractive error and prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Along with thousands of frames and lenses, this donation will provide the gift of 20/20 site.

We thank all of our donors for choosing VIDA, therefore making our life saving mission possible.

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Jan 13, 2017

VIDA collects and sorts for container packed with medical supplies

VIDA Volunteers sorting supplies at the warehouse
VIDA Volunteers sorting supplies at the warehouse
GlobalGiving is offering a match for this project - Your donation can be 100% matched by GlobalGiving!

By donating now, your contribution will be doubled and help us to ship must needed medical supplies to affected communities in Ecuador.

Sunday, January 15th will mark nine months after the devastating earthquake, yet Ecuador continues to be in a state of emergency. It will take time and care to restore the cities and villages.

The people of Ecuador live with constant aftershocks and therefore with a sense of fear. OVer 600 were killed and may more injured for life.

It's not over. The need is as strong now as the day after the earthquake. Ecuador continues to rely on international relief efforts like VIDA USA.


TAKE advantage of the 100% match now. Our limit for the match is $12,000 - we would be thriled with a third of that.
Truly - your donation makes a huge difference.
Our shipping containers are jam-packed with hospital supplies and equipment. The doctors and nurses who work tirelessly need these supplies constantly. We are getting the supplies to Ecuador with your help and the hlep of volunteers shown who come to our warehouse in Emeryville, CA to sort the donated supplies bound for Ecuador , Peru and Chile.

Thank you - muchas gracias!
Jan 4, 2017

VIDA Works with Haitian Born Doctor

In spite of the many struggles to move donations through customs, VIDA remains fully committed to this impoverished country that has now receded into the background after the tragic earthquake and the most recent hurricane Matthew. The problems and struggles remain overwhelming. 

VIDA is continuing to send additional aid to our project in Cayes Jacmel which is still reeling from the effects of the devastating earthquake. A group of physicians led by Dr. Magloir continues to visit Haiti twice a year, bringing with them donated supplies and equipment from VIDA. Thanks to the generosity of so many, thousands of impoverished Haitians have received care.  Most recently, the group carried 30 suitcases of expensive respiratory supplies and equipment along with patient care materials.   The value of the materials was in excess of $20,000.  These type of shipments will continue twice a year due to your support.

 
   

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