The story of Peru's suffering from COVID is well known. Peru’s per capita fatalities remain the highest in the world. These realities have resulted in a humanitarian nightmare for Peru. With the Omicron variant ripping though Peru, the crisis continues. The regions outside of Lima are often forgotten but yet have suffered under some of the highest mortality rates due to the regions poor infrastructure and health information. Our continual efforts to help Peru build out its heath care system must continue.
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 22 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. VIDA is sending on August 23, 2022 two shipments with 42 hospital beds as well as gurneys, cribs, wheel chairs, walkers and other life changing equipment and supplies to Cusco.
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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