Flooding in Peru Disaster Relief = 70K+ homeless

by Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance
Flooding in Peru Disaster Relief = 70K+ homeless
Hospital Beds Installed
Hospital Beds Installed

The story of Peru's suffering from COVID is well known. And whether the crisis is defined as a pandemic or is now endemic does not change the fact that Peru's healthcare system is badly broken. Our continual efforts to help Peru build out its heath care system must continue. Peru’s per capita fatalities are the highest in the world driven by a multitude of factors that will take years, if not decades, to fix.  The stuggle is even more pronounced in areas that have suffered preivious disasters.

Peru has been unable to effectively prevent and care for the nation’s most vulnerable due to its low number of ICU beds per capita, history of low investment in healthcare, and a severe shortage of medical professionals. ICU capacity is limited due to the number of beds but even more so by the small number of doctors and nurses who have this level of expertise. All of these issues raise the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA made 24 shipments in 2020, 28 shipments in 2021 and 12 shipments thus far in 2022. Shipments contains ICU hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. We are planning three more shipments before years end! GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

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Peru has now registered over 2,200,000 positive COVID-19 cases causing over 202,000 deaths. Peru’s per capita fatalities are the highest in the world driven by crowded living conditions. Compounding the problem has been the scarcity of vaccines with less than 50% of the adult population being vaccinated. Taken all together these realities have resulted in a humanitarian nightmare for Peru. With the Omicrom variant beginning to take hold in Peru, Peru continues to be in crisis.

Peru has been unable to effectively prevent and care for the nation’s most vulnerable due to its low number of ICU beds per capita, history of low investment in healthcare, and a severe shortage of medical professionals. ICU capacity is limited due to the number of beds but even more so by the small number of doctors and nurses who have this level of expertise. All of these issues raise the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA made 24 shipments in 2020 and have already sent 28 shipments through December 15, 2021. Shipments contains ICU hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. We are planning three more shipments before years end! GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

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VIDA Peru Clinic
VIDA Peru Clinic

Peru has now registered over 2,000,000 positive COVID-19 cases and a staggering 195,000 deaths. Peru’s per capita fatalities are now the highest in the world by a wide margin.  For the majority of Peruvians social distancing is not an option and the crowded living conditions, work places, streets and markets are a breeding ground for the virus to spread. Compounding the problem has been the scarcity of vaccines with less than 10% of the adult population receiving at least one shot.  Taken all together these realities have resulted in a humanitarian nightmare for Peru and other similar countries.

Faced with this crisis, Peru has been unable to effectively prevent and care for the nation’s most vulnerable due to its low number of ICU beds per capita, history of low investment in healthcare, and a severe shortage of medical professionals.  ICU capacity is limited due to the number of beds but even more so by the small number of doctors and nurses who have this level of expertise. All of these issues raise the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA made 24 shipments in 2020 and have already sent 20 shipments through August 15, 2021. Shipments contains ICU hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus.   VIDA is now working on an emergency food program in the hard hit communities outside of Cusco.  In addition VIDA is working on securing al large donation of vitamins for the benefit of expectant mothers as well as children.

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities

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As of April 30, 2021 Peru has registered 1,791,998 positive COVID-19 cases and 61,101 deaths. While Peru has was hailed as the most responsive country in Latin America to the crisis due to its testing and lockdown, sadly Peru’s per capita casualties and fatalities are among the highest in the world. The latest surge has been a result of the emergence of the Brazilian variant. For the majority of Peruvians social distancing is not an option due to surviving as day laborers.    As a result, the crowded living conditions, streets and markets are a breeding ground for the virus to spread.

Faced with this crisis, Peru has been unable to effectively prevent and care for the nation’s most vulnerable.  ICU capacity is limited due to the number of beds but even more so by the small number of doctors and nurses who have this level of expertise.. All of these issues raise the need to help build the healthcare infrastructure. To that end, VIDA made 24 shipments in 2020 and have already sent 12 shipments through April 2021. Shipments contains ICU hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus.

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

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Peru Covid-19 Data
Peru Covid-19 Data

 

As of December 31, 2020 Peru has registered 1,012,614 positive COVID-19 cases and 37,621 deaths. Sadly Peru’s per capita casualties and fatalities are among the highest in the world. In spite of Peru’s increase in per capita GDP over the past 30 years, the shortage of doctors, the poor healthcare infrastructure compounded by the reality that 60% of the population that works in the informal economy. For the majority of Peruvians social distancing is not an option. They must go out of their modest lodgings to earn enough money to pay for food and to keep a roof over their head. As a result, the crowded streets and markets are a breeding ground for the virus to spread. However, the daily have fallen shortly due to improving weather and the reality that the country has been hit so hard. Entering spring in the southern hemisphere is a window of opportunity for Peru to build out their infrastructure before a potential second wave hits next fall.

Sadly, plagued by extreme poverty and devastating natural disasters, Peru lacks the resources to help them. This is how VIDA and you can help. To that end, VIDA has made 26 shipments carrying over $15 million in aid with hundreds of hospital beds, stretchers, exam tables along with hundreds of walkers and thousands of crutches as well as thousands of boxes of medical supplies including PPE and respiratory equipment and supplies to combat the virus.

A major cost in this project is the ocean freight from Oakland to Callao. GlobalGiving donors play an important role in making these shipments possible. We hope you can join us in our mission to bring aid to Peru’s most vulnerable communities.

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Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Adam See
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Emeryville, CA United States
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