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Nov 7, 2018

Medical Aid Continues to Flow into Peru

Puente de VIDA Medical Mission
Puente de VIDA Medical Mission

VIDA’s partnership with Peru's Ministry of Health is paying enormous dividends to the hundreds of thousands of people living in communities devastated by the floods. This partnership enables VIDA to expedite customs clearance of containers and leverages the governments transportation infrastructure  to distribute medical equipment and medical supplies to these remote communities.  This partnership is reducing the international shipping costs by 40% and eliminates all costs for shipping inside Peru. This means that your support will help more people than ever before.  This development along with the increase in donations from hospitals across California enables VIDA to ship a record number of containers to Peru in 2018. This is a very important development as the cost of transporting aid to the Sacred Valley, Cuzco as well as other locations not near a port is very high and limits VIDA's capacity to send more aid. In addition, VIDA has been able to conduct Puente de VIDA visits t these remote regions to provide free basic medical care to underserved communities. As this report is being written, there are two containers currently on the water bound for Peru.   Thank you for your continued generosity!

Oct 8, 2018

VIDA Helps to Rebuild Peru's Healthcare System

Hospital Equipment Arrives in Arequipa
Hospital Equipment Arrives in Arequipa

VIDA is excited to announce that Peru's Ministry of Health has entered into a partnership with VIDA to facilitate the customs clearance and in country distribution of medical equipment and medical supplies to the poorest communities in the greater Lima area. This partnership is reducing the international shipping costs by 40% and will eliminate all costs for shipping inside Peru. This means that your support will help more people than ever before. This p along with the increase in donations from hospitals across California will enable VIDA to ship a record number of containers to Peru in 2018. This is a very important development as the cost of transporting aid is very high and limits VIDA's capacity to send more aid. As this report is being written, there are two containers currently being prepared for shipment carrying over 100 hospital beds.   Thank you for your continued generosity!

Oct 8, 2018

Haiti Hit with Another Earthquake

Reuter's Photo of Hospital in Port-de-Paix
Reuter's Photo of Hospital in Port-de-Paix

The struggles of Haiti remain as a it was hit with a 5.9 Earthquake on October 6, 2018 that rattled the fragile healthcare system.  An AP story highlight the tragic reality. 

“Hospitals in Haiti's northwestern city of Port-de-Paix are labouring to cope with the fallout from an earthquake and strong aftershocks which killed at least 12 people.The city, which is about 219km from the capital, Port-au-Prince, was hardest hit by Saturday's quake, which authorities say injured 188 people. At the Immaculate Conception Hospital, doctors and nurses lack the supplies they need to treat those wounded by the magnitude 5.9 quake and efforts are further frustrated by electricity outages and damage to the hospital building.”

 Now that Haiti has fallen almost completely out of the news cycle, the flow of donations, as many feared, has slowed to a trickle.  Haiti needs your help. The international aid community knew that the challenges of Haiti would require decades of effort, as an already impoverished society and dysfunctional political system is not solved with short term solutions.  VIDA continues to aid Haiti through the equipping of medical missions travelling to the country.  They bring much needed care and compassion to people in need.  We ask for your continued support.  VIDA can equip a single medical team with up to $50,000 in aid with little shipping expense. A $500 donation completely outfits a team that will treat hundreds of patients who have been denied access to healthcare for decades.  We thank you for your support and helping VIDA remain a viable reality in the lives of so many people in need.

 
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