VIDA is navigating turbulent waters to aid Haiti. VIDA ‘s shipment to St. Damien Hospital the premier pediatric hospital in Haiti that provides all services free of charge is currently being held in a Miami warehouse awaiting final customs approval. The container is sponsored by our shipping partner Otis McAllister and is carrying 12 pallets of medical supplies including patient gowns, surgical gowns, exam gloves, surgical gloves, surgical kits and a sundry of patient care items. Included in the shipment is one pallet of sterile surgical gloves valued at over $50,000.
For the past three years, VIDA has embarked on a grassroots strategy to bring medical aid to the poorest areas of Haiti. VIDA’s project in Cayes Jacmel, managed byHaitian born physician, Alix J.Magloir. Dr. Alix has been providing critical care to thousands residents with the aid of VIDA. Dr. Magloir will be taking another trip in early November to the project, carrying over 80 boxes of medical supplies donated by VIDA and made possible by your generous support. Over the past two years, the government has tightened the regulations for donated aid. As a result, the process to ship large containers of aid has become more complex and time consuming. One such exampleis the new requirement that the shipment’s inventory contain the manufacturing date and manufacturers location ( in addition to the expiration date which VIDA already provides) of every item in the shipment. This has significantly increased the inventorying of products and in some cases has eliminated certain products from being sent. However, we are happy to say that VIDA is committed to supplying this project and will continue to supply physician and community groups travelling to Haiti on a monthly basis to provide healthcare to the poor.
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