VIDA is prepping a new container bound for Ecuador. Our 63rd container to Guayaquil is carrying primarily medical equipment valued at $200,000. This equipment was donated from local Bay Area hospitals. Hospital beds, gurneys, exam tables, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other ambulatory equipment will fill the container to the brim. On an ongoing 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 in Latin America.
VIDA is partnered with the Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil, a 115-year old charity that runs 4 large hospitals as well as several clinics and nursing homes in this large port city providing mostly free medical service to over half a million of the poorest each year, to provide them with the large quantities of medical supplies and equipment that they desperately need. Our partners vast network makes them particularly effective in responding to the regions impacted by the quake.
Thank you for helping us to achieve our goals.
The VIDA Team
Jul 5, 2017
VIDA Supplies Medical Missions to Haiti
By Adam See - Executive Director
Dear Friends of Haiti,
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. VIDA is working with several medical missions as a means to empower teams providing direct care to people in need while expediting supplies to Haiti.
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 20 suitcases of expensive respiratory supplies and equipment along with patient care materials. The value of the materials was in excess of $100,000. These type of shipments will continue six times a year due to your support.
VIDA has also supplied students from Samuel Merritt Podiatry School who are travelling to Haiti for 10 days to provide free care to individuals in the capital. VIDA has outfitted them with orthopedic supplies and basic medical supplies valued at $50,000.
VIDA looks forward to expanding on this model made possible by your generous support.
Jun 19, 2017
$5 Million of Emergency Aid in aftermath of floods
By Patti Mangan - BOARD MEMBER
Even though floodwaters have receded, recovery continues thoughout Peru.
Heavy rains that spanned several months overwhelmed infrastructure in many areas, and flash floods killed more than 150 people in the country. More than 150,000 people were displaced from their homes, and the country is starting to rebuild in what may be a years-long effort.
Even as the headlines have ceased, VIDA and vital partner Direct Relief continue to send emergency aid, with $5.5 million in supplies provided to clinics throughout the country - administering medical care to people in Peru.
As Direct Relief’s primary partner in Peru we continue with emergency medical response in coordination with Peru’s Ministry of Health.
Your support of our aid shipments are critical and effective. We look forward to your continuing support