VIDA continues to aid regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade as well as the last vestiges of terrorism. Recently. VIDA partnered with Peru’s Ministry of Health and the military to airlift medical aid to benefit thousands of families in the region of Tambo, Ayacucho, which still is afflicted with terrorism. With the help of organizations like VIDA, the people of Tambo are fighting poverty and terrorism through their persistence. VIDA is also preparing to send two containers and one airlift to Arequipa to be distributed to Peru’s Antiplano that is home to alpaca herders. The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com) and the non-profit group Queachua Benefits. The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser and the support of Otis McAllister Inc. and Quinoa growers in the region. VIDA will be working with a variety of hospital and small clinics by providing hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The contents will be shipped to Peru’s southern port and then trucked to Arequipa. Medical teams will then truck the aid to remote clinics in the Antiplano. VIDA, in collaboration with Direct Relief International will also be airlifting over $500,000 in medicine to Arequipa.
Two containers carrying over $1.5 million in aid arrived in the port of Callao Peru on November 1, 2014. In addition two containers from the VIDA warehouse carrying over $1 million in aid and one container carrying $1 million in aid from our partner Direct Relief will be leaving for Peru to resupply VIDA projects in Lima, Cuzco, and the Antiplano region near Arequipa. Beneficiaries range from the large urban Lima pediatric hospital Asociación de Damas Hospital Emergencias Pediátricas to the rural clinic serving single mothers and their children Policlinico Belen in Cuzco. The shipments contain hospital beds, gurneys, exam tables, crutches, walkers and over 1,000 boxes of medical supplies ranging from gloves to sutures to surgical kits. The donations destined for Cuzo also include 150 first-aid kits donated by Bayer Corporation. These shipments could not be possible without the work of VIDA Volunteers who work at the VIDA warehouse in Emeryville California sorting donated medical supplies. The volunteers sort out expired goods, liquids and medicine. To learn more about volunteering at VIDA please visit our website at www.vidausa.org. We welcome both individuals and large groups. Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!
22 members of the HRIMM 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 provides basic Internal Medicine and Family Care, The teams hauls their own gear and sets up shop right in the street with mobile 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, HRIMM, Peruvian Ministry of Health, San Francisco Consul General of Peru and VIDA USA.
We are excited to announce that a portion of the VIDA shipments valued at over $2 million that arrived in Peru January 2014 will benefits our projects in Cuzco Peru. Some of these donations will be directed to Policlinico Belen, a program supporting single mothers and their children as well as orphans. This project is also supported by doctors affiliated with USCF Medical School. This shipment will help outfit the projects clinic that was in desperate need of supplies and equipment We are pleased to share with you that VIDA has fully equipped the clinic with beds, exam tables and other equipment that allows the clinic to serve their patients with dignity. VIDA will continue to re-supply the clinic twice a year.
VIDA will also begin shipping supplies and equipment to clinics in the impoverished Antiplano region of Peru that is home to alpaca herders. The program is a collaboration between VIDA and alpaca designers KUNA (www.kuna.com.pe) and The Sandra Jordan Collection (www.sandrajordan.com). The program is being funded in part by a successful fundraiser held in October 2013 that raised over $40,000 to launch the project. VIDA will be outfitting several clinics with hospital beds, exam tables and other equipment and supplies. The containers will be shipped out in late February and are due to arrive in Lima in late March. The contents will then be shipped by rail and truck and is due to arrive in the region in early April.
Thank you for making our mission possible this year and in the future!
$1 million of the $10 million in aid that has arrived in Peru is earmarked for the regions impacted by the various natural disasters that have hit Peru over the past decade. In late September volunteer medical professionals for Puente de VIDA visited Pisco Peru at the Campaña de salud en Centro Poblado El Palto, Pisco providing medical care to 288 impoverished patients. The medical professionals were accompanied by the VIDA Peru staff that brought tens of thousands of dollars of medical aid by truck. Puente de VIDA is a mobile healthcare program that makes 24 visits a year to some of Peru’s most remote and underserved communities in the Andes, Amazon and coastal regions to deliver primary care and educational programs. In addition to the volunteer medical professional, the inaugural class of VIDA Peru’s Medical Student Health Care Initiative managed by San Francisco based physician Michael Halperin visited the site. The project links medical school students here in the United States and abroad to the Peruvian healthcare system through a two week visit to hospitals and clinics throughout Peru. The inaugural trip included medical students from Saba University Medical School in the Dutch Caribbean. The students spent 10 days visiting VIDA program sites and working with health care professionals and documenting the healthcare system in Peru.
In spite of the tremendous strides Peru has experienced in lifting many people out of poverty, access to quality and affordable healthcare remains a significant challenge, particularly in these remote areas. As a result, for many of the residents,Puente de VIDA is the only access to healthcare and education.
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