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 6, 2014

Shipments to Cusco and the Antiplano Region

We are excited to announce that a portion of the VIDA shipments valued at over $2 million that arrived in Peru January 2014 will benefits our projects in Cuzco Peru.  Some of these donations will be directed to Policlinico Belen, a program supporting single mothers and their children as well as orphans.  This project is also supported by doctors affiliated with USCF Medical School. This shipment will help outfit the projects clinic that was in desperate need of supplies and equipment We are pleased to share with you that VIDA has fully equipped the clinic with beds, exam tables and other equipment that allows the clinic to serve their patients with dignity. VIDA will continue to re-supply the clinic twice a year.

 VIDA will also begin shipping supplies and equipment to clinics in the impoverished Antiplano region of Peru that is home to alpaca herders.  The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com). The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser held in October 2013 that raised over $40,000 to launch the project. VIDA will be outfitting several clinics with hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The containers will be shipped out in late February and are due to arrive in Lima in late March. The contents will then be shipped by rail and truck and is due to arrive in the region in early April.

Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!

Feb 6, 2014

$2 million in life saving aid arrives in Peru!

Two shipments carrying over $2 million in aid arrived in Lima Peru on January 3, 2014. The shipment contained 40 Hill Rom hospital beds, 6 gurneys, 14 exam tables and over 1,000 crutches and walkers. The shipment also contained 20 pallets of medical supplies including 200 boxes of surgical gloves valued at over $50,000.

Based on the success of our new initiative in Peru called Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by Dr. Michael Halperin, VIDA will be sending its second contingent of third year medical students from Saba University Medical School in the Dutch Caribbean. 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 working with health care professionals and documenting the healthcare system in Peru.

The trip will include a three day stay in the Amazon where the students will be joining a team of doctors and health care workers as part of the Puente de VIDA program. The students will assist in screening and treating the patients, many of whom have never seen a doctor.

Oct 7, 2013

1 Million in Aid Destined for Natural Disaster Victims

Puente de VIDA Pisco
Puente de VIDA Pisco

$1 million of the $10 million in aid that has arrived in Peru is earmarked for the regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade. In late September volunteer medical professionals for Puente de VIDA visited Pisco Peru at the Campaña de salud en Centro Poblado El Palto, Pisco providing medical care to 288 impoverished patients.  The medical professionals were accompanied by the VIDA Peru staff that brought tens of thousands of dollars of medical aid by truck.  Puente de VIDA is a mobile healthcare program that makes 24 visits a year to some of Peru’s most remote and underserved communities in the Andes, Amazon and coastal regions to deliver primary care and educational programs.  In addition to the volunteer medical professional, the inaugural class of VIDA Peru’s Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by San Francisco based physician Michael Halperin visited the site.  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. 

In spite of the tremendous strides Peru has experienced in lifting many people out of poverty, access to quality and affordable healthcare remains a significant challenge, particularly in these remote areas.  As a result, for many of the residents,Puente de VIDA is the only access to healthcare and education.

 
   

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