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.
Aug 11, 2016

VIDA supplies Medical Mission to Chile

VIDA supplied a team of 12 medical professionals travelling from Northern California for a one week medical mission to Santiago.  The team will be working in the poorest districts of Santiago.  The team set up clinics on the streets of Santiago and delivered treatment and screening to over 1,000 patients.  Among the supplies VIDA provided the team with were medicine, sutures, exam gloves, first aid items, thermometers, stethoscopes as well as a wide variety of supplies necessary to run a clinic.

VIDA is working on a arranging a new container to be sent in the fall of 2016 that will carry medical supplies and equipment that will be distributed to our partner in Santiago.

We thank you for you continued support in helping to serve the people of Chile.

Jun 13, 2016

8 Tons of Soup Bound for Peru

We thank you for your support as we continue to aid remote regions of Peru impacted by various natural disasters.

We are all familiar with the impact of El Nino on the weather patterns in the United States.  What many of us forget is that El Nino originates off of the coast of Peru.  Sadly, a strong El Nino reeks havoc on Peru's weather.  The region impacted the greatest is the Andean, including The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Ayacucho and Arequipa.  This year's El Nino has resulted in devestating flooding that has not only destroyed households and transportation routes, but has also destroyed agriculture.  The loss of housing, food and income will be putting a great stress on Peru's most vulnerable population.

To address the immediate issues of food insecurity and the coming cold mountain winter, VIDA is shipping 8 tons of soup which will be distriubted throughout the Andean region.  In addition, VIDA Peru will be including 2,000 care packages containing blankets and sweaters in collaboration with a Peruvian textile company. 

The shipment will also include medical supplies and equipment and over-the-counter cold medicine.  This shipment will be followed by two additional shipments in July 2016 carrying medical supplies and equipment.

ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.

May 26, 2016

Nearly $2M in Supplies For Guayaquil Hospitals

Hello and thank you GG supporters!

We have news to share. We have packed two containers bound for Ecuador. The first is carrying primarily medical equipment valued at $200,000. This equipment was donated/collected from local Bay Area hospitals. On an ngoing basis we drive around the Bay for scheduled equipment donations -so that when an event happens - such as this earthquake - we are fully prepared to respond, both here in the US and in Latin America, primarily in Peru.

The second container is packed with $750,000 in medical supplies, from costly surgical kits to gauze - this container is a life saving gift to the doctors and nurses as well as the end recipients - people in need in Ecuador.

In addition - collabprating with our partner Americares - over $1 miilion in medicines are on the way to hosptials in Ecuador.

All great news and more to come. Thank you for helping us to achieve our goals.

VIDA USA

 
   

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