VIDA USA airlifted over $3 million in donated medicine to projects in the greater Lima area. The shipment concentrated primarily on antibiotics as access to safe drinking water remains a challenge in the poorest districts of Peru. Due to the large donation that will benefit over 25,000 patients, VIDA is collaborating with the Ministry of Health who has an extensive network of clinics and hospitals that serve Peru's poorest citizens. In addition VIDA will be sending the medication to over two dozen of our partner clinics and hospitals. VIDA is also supplying doctors and nurses who volunteer with our Puente de Vida program that brings healthcare to some of Peru's hardest to reach regions as well as to the growing communities located on the barren mountains ringing Lima. It is estimated that nearly 500,000 people live in make-shift shelters made out of discarded cardboard, plywood and/or sheet metal and have no running water in the communities surrounding Lima.
VIDA recently served over 500 people in one day though Puente de Vida in upper Pamplona. VIDA is also preparing two new containers of medical supplies and equipment that will be on the water in late August.
We thank all of our donors for making our mission possible.
We thank you for the past and the future as we continue to aid the people in need in Peru.
We work with a variety of hospitals and small clinics - providing hospital beds, exam tables and other much needed equipment and supplies. We partner with Peru’s Ministry of Health and generous transportation and logistics by Otis McAllister Inc.to bring medical aid to benefit thousands of people in Lima all year long.
Thank you for making this unique and impactful meidcal relief program possible through your donations.
Please consider providing monthly donations - even $10 a month goes along way in our programs.
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ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.
VIDA Peru’s warehouse is filling up fast! Five containers carrying hospital beds, exam tables, walkers and crutches, along with other equipment and lifesaving supplies have arrived in Lima over the past three months. In addition 2 air shipments of antibiotic medicine has also arrived to be distributed throughout greater Lima. These donations total over $6 million and will be distributed to over 20 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV.
Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being while also improving the morale of healthcare workers who struggle everyday just to provide basic care. Even access to sterile gloves and gowns makes a huge difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals. Thank you for making this donation possible. VIDA is also working on a special program that will address the devastating impact that El Nino will have on those living in poverty. While El Nino may help the drought crisis on the west coast of the United States, It unfortunately will result in torrential rains that will wash away roads and rail lines and have an adverse impact on the local economies. In addition, El Nino has also resulted in severe flooding and landslides that has taken many lives as well as destroying homes and businesses in the most vulnerable communities. VIDA is working with Paz Peru to produce thousands of kits for families that will contain first aid equipment, clothing and blankets. These kits will be distributed beginning in December 2015.
Your support makes all of this lifesaving work possible.
The warehouse is full in Lima! Five containers carrying 50 hospital beds, 75 exam tables, 2,000 walkers and crutches, along with a sundry of other equipment and supplies have arrived in Lima over the past two months. These donations will be distributed to over 40 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. Each of these hospital beds alone have a useful life of over 30 years.
Sadly, many of these hospitals do not have even beds for their patients to convalesce. Beds and other equipment are an important donation that honors the dignity of every human being while also improving the morale of healthcare workers who struggle everyday just to provide basic care. Even access to sterile gloves and gowns makes a huge difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals. Thank you for making this donation possible. Also included in the shipment were antibiotics that will help alleviate the immediate suffering of tens of thousands of patients who are fighting infection. Infections are a systemic problem due to poor sanitation and other risk factors associated with poverty.
We are also excited to announce that VIDA summer intern Gabriella Fleischman will be working in the VIDA Peru warehouse. Gabriella will be working with the Peruvian staff to document in pictures and in words our amazing work.
On the heels of four ocean containers and one airlift carrying over $5 million in aid to Lima, VIDA is shipping out three containers of medical supplies and two air shipments of medicine to Lima. The three containers are filled to capacity with hospital beds, baby cribs, wheelchairs, surgical kits along with thousands of boxes of much needed medical supplies. Included in the shipment is a very generous donation from UCSF Benieoff Children”s Hospital which has opened a new hospital in San Francisco. UCSF is donating all of the equipment and supplies housed in the old hospital to VIDA.
These donations will be distributed to over 20 clinics and hospitals including programs that work with patients suffering from HIV. This donation will benefit tens of thousands of patients who are too poor to be able to receive medical treatment. La Comunidad de Ninos Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru is receiving one of the containers and will receive a portion of the medicine. This orphanage houses and educates over 800 children ranging in age from birth to 16 years old.
VIDA is working hard to surpass our 28 shipments to Peru in 2014 and have set a goal of 32 shipments in 2015. This incredible program would not be possible without your support!
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