Peru is still facing multiple challenges in overcoming the devastating COVID pandemic. Political chaos and social unrest are now being magnified by recent flooding. The 2023 rainy season in Peru has been devastating. In early March, the warming of the ocean located off the coast of Peru signaled a strong El Nino.
The government declared a state of emergency as the warming of the ocean causes an increase in rainfall in the Andes. Additionally, in early March Peru experienced torrential rains due to Cyclone Yaku, the first cyclone in the Pacific in 40 years. The northern regions of Tumbes, Lambayeque, and Piura were the most damaged. The floods, river overflows and landslides have left over 300,000 people in need emergency help.
As always, in addition to the loss of life and housing, the already impoverished regions has lost critical infrastructure. Households, health facilities and educational institutions are in the floods path creating massive destruction. VIDA is focusing on sending critical medical supplies and equipment to address immediate issues as well as helping to rebuild the healthcare infrastructure.
VIDA has staged three containers ready for shipment to Peru. As always, the cost of shipment remains an enormous challenge. VIDA counts on the generous support of others, including the GlobalGiving community to make our mission possible. We ask you today to join us by contributing to the costs of shipping this life saving aid to Peru.
Dr. T. Brian Callister fixes a child's broken arm!
22 members of the HRMM medical team from Antioch, California are hard at work in Chosica, Peru. The team is comprised of doctors and nurses who will provie care to over two thousand patients at the VIDA project "Hermanas Misioneras de Nstra. Sra. del Perpetuo Socorro" in Chosica, Peru.
The Team provies basic Internal Medicine and Family Practice, The teams hauls their own gear and sets up shop right in the street with tents to care for some of Peru's poorest citiizens. The VIDA team faciliated the transportation of over $250,000 in medicine and supplies to be used during the two week mission. In addition, four 5th year peruvian medical students have joined the mission to hone their skills and learn from physicians and nurses who work at some of the most presitgous medical schools in the United States. These students are working on a program to establish ongoing care after the medical team leaves.
In addition, VIDA's container is due to arrive August 1, 2014. The shipment is carrying medical equipment and supplies to outfit the clinic. This effort is the result of the hard work of VIDA Peru, HRMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.
Medical relief has doubled since first reported in August. See photos from VIDA team in Pisco.
In response to the catastrophic 8.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Pisco, Peru on August 15, VIDA delivered substantial emergency relief efficiently and effectively. Our sister organization VIDA-Peru responded immediately, rushing previously-sent medical supplies to the region. Our first airlift carrier then distributed $2.8 million in medical aid to the most devastated settlements and villages of the region. VIDA also developed a new partnership with Operation USA to cooperatively send further relief to victims of the quake.
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