Sep 2, 2020

VIDA USA Aids Remote Regions of Peru during COVID

As of September 1, 2020 Peru has registered over 657,108 positive COVID-19 cases and 29,608 deaths. While Peru has been hailed as the most responsive country in Latin America to the crisis due to its testing and lockdown, sadly Peru’s per capita casualties and fatalities are among the highest in the world. In spite of Peru’s increase in per capita GDP over the past 30 years, the fragility of that growth is being displayed among the 60% of the population that still works in the informal economy. For the majority of Peruvians social distancing is not an option. They must go out of their modest lodgings to earn enough money to pay for food and keep their home. As a result, the crowded streets and markets are a breeding ground for the virus to spread. The COVID-19 crisis is hitting regions still reeling from the flood disasters particularly hard as the floods destroyed critical infrastructure.


Sadly, plagued by extreme poverty and devastating natural disasters, these remote regions lack the resources to help them when they arrive back to their towns. In addition the travelers are often the source of new outbreaks in these remote regions. All of these issues raise the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA has made 21 shipments carrying hundreds of hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus.

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

Jul 17, 2020

VIDA Deploys Resources to Combat COVID-19

VIDA has marshalled our assets and partnerships to maximize our international and domestic response to the pandemic

VIDA’s initial response was to work with our partners to respond to the initial outbreak in China. We supplied approximately 20 pallets of PPE and basic medical supplies to our partners who shipped the donations by sea and air. In addition, we were able to outfit U.S. based medical teams traveling to the affected area. As the pandemic began to spread, VIDA moved to outfit two additional medical teams comprised of nearly 100 Bay Area medical professionals who travel annually to the Philippines to address the growing respiratory issues in that country. Nearly 200 suitcases of respiratory and PPE supplies was donated to the medical teams.

Not with standing these efforts, VIDA continued to respond to our core projects.   Through June, VIDA sent five shipments of medical supplies and equipment to Peru. VIDA is scheduled to send two additional shipments in the coming two weeks. These shipments included hospital beds, gurneys, and wheelchairs along with a sundry of supplies including PPE items. VIDA has also continued to work with our partner Globus to help the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. VIDA has sent over 74 pallets to these projects.

Domestically, as the Bay Area became more impacted by the virus and modeling indicated that the hospitals would not have the capacity to respond, VIDA was confronted with a unique opportunity. The hospitals that have been the life blood of our mission for nearly 30 years were now reaching out to VIDA to see if we could help build their capacity. VIDA quickly prioritized our response by focusing on Stanford, UCSF and their partners. VIDA supplied Stanford with 38 hospital beds, 72 over bed tables, 24 supply carts, 84 IV Poles, and 32 linen hampers. In addition, VIDA donated a pallet of respiratory supplies and equipment to their Ripon based partner Assist International who will be helping out community clinics in the area.

VIDA is also working with Washington Hospital in Fremont, California. This hospital lacks the adequate number of beds to respond to the emerging needs of the population. VIDA has donated 30 beds, 5 gurneys and over 1,000 surgical gowns. In addition, VIDA has also donated a pallet of PPE supplies to outfit a number of nursing homes and rehabilitations facilities that surround the hospital.

Finally, VIDA has been supplying local nursing homes and rehab facilities in the Bay Area that have reached out for help with basic medical supplies.

We thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.

Jul 17, 2020

VIDA Responds to COVID-19 Crisis in Peru

As of July 15, 2020 Peru has registered over 340,000 positive COVID-19 cases and over 12,600 deaths. While Peru is hailed as the most responsive country in Latin America to the crisis due to its testing and lockdown, sadly Peru only trails Brazil in the number of casualties and fatalities. In spite of Peru’s increase in per capita GDP over the past 30 years, the fragility of that growth is being displayed among the 60% of the population that still works in the informal economy and who lack access to healthcare. The large number of Peruvian citizens who work in the informal economy makes it nearly impossible for them to comply with the lockdown, social distancing and secure PPE.

In order to eat and keep a roof over their head, they must venture out into the streets to earn a small amount of money. Most have lost their meager daily wages due to the lockdown. A growing number of Peruvians are sleeping in the streets waiting for a solution. Many of the clusters are near airports and squares in makeshift shelters they lack the basic hygiene to prevent the virus. Also, crowding is frequent in the campsites, so it is hard to comply with social isolation measures. Faced with this crisis, caravans of thousands of people are trekking on the highways carrying their little ones and all of their belongings trying to make it back to their remote towns of the Andes, Amazon and desert coast where they can find shelter and food. Sadly, plagued by extreme poverty and devastating natural disasters, these towns lack the resources to assist them when they arrive and the travelers are often the source of new outbreaks in these remote regions. The convergence of poverty and the pandemic has created a humanitarian and health crisis that the Peruvian healthcare system is ill equipped to address.

This reality raises the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA has shipped 7 containers carrying as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus. In addition VIDA has sent 200 plus ICU hospital beds, as well as stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and crutches. A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

 
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