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.
Oct 7, 2013

$10 million in AID arrives in Peru!

VIDA Pamplona
VIDA Pamplona

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. 

Apr 18, 2013

$1.5 million of Aid arrives in Cuzco!

Cuzco
Cuzco

We are excited to announce that VIDA shipped $1.5 million in aid to our projects in Cuzco Peru in April 2013.  A portion of these donations benefited our new partner clinic in Cuzco called Policlinico Belen, operated my nuns who are caring for single mothers and orphans.  This project is also supported by doctors affiliated with USCF Medical School who visit the site two times a year as well as hundreds of boxes of medical supplies.  VIDA has equipped the clinic with 20 hospital beds, 6 exam tables and other needed equipment and supplies.  VIDA is re-supplying the clinic twice a year.

 In addition VIDA is launching a new initiative that will benefit impoverished individuals who work in the Alpaca industry.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) along with Napa Valley’s first lady of the wine industry Margrit Mondavi.  A fundraising event will be held at the Mondavi Winery in October 2013.

 It is your generous support that makes these projects possible.  VIDA remains a responsible steward of your generosity by shipping $175 of aid for every $1 donated in 2012.   All donations will go to covering the cost of shipments.  Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

Apr 18, 2013

$4.5 million in aid arrives in Lima!

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

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!

 
   

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