Countries where VIDA provides Assistance
In doing this we have been extremely cost effective as it only cost $1 to provide $150 of medical supplies and over 98% of our budget goes to our programs.
Our office/warehouse is located in Emeryville, CA – near the shipping port of Oakland. Volunteers to sort medical supplies are needed year-round M-F / 11am-5pm – please feel inspired to arrange to volunteer as an individual, small group or as company team building event.
One such benefactor is the refugee camps outside of Ica, Peru where water is a scarce resource for families displaced by El Niño flooding. VIDA has worked closely with community leaders in the camps to provide medicine and medical supplies for children.
VIDA-USA was founded in response to a cholera outbreak in 1991 and since then we have shipped 200 containers, worth over 225 million to Peru.
VIDA expanded its program in Ecuador in 2001 to include the shipment of ocean freight containers carrying large amounts of medical supplies and equipment that have been distributed to health facilities in the Andean town of Cuenca and in the main cities of Quito and Guayaquil. In 2003 VIDA partnered with the Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil, a 115-year old charity that runs 4 large hospitals as well as several clinics and nursing homes in this large port city providing mostly free medical service to over over half a million of the poorest each year, to provide them with the large quantities of medical supplies and equipment that they desperately need.
Today Ecuador is our second most active country having received 90 containers.
in Response to the 2010 earthquake that ravaged the coast of Chile VIDA is working with our long-time partner Fundacion FEDES, a Chilean NGO to distribute the supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics operating in the city of Curicó and the Region of Maule.
On Monday, March 22, VIDA shipped its first container carrying $1 million in medical supplies to Chile in response to the devastating 8.0 earthquake that destroyed the country’s southern region.
VIDA sent its second and third container shipments to FEDES in June 2010 in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Chilean Alumni Association, Quicksilver, and Cliff Bar.
Reports from Steven Colon, founder of FEDES are dire. “We traveled to the Region of Maule, where several of the larger public hospitals are uninhabitable. On our first trip we visited the city of Curicó. 90% of the downtown area of the city is in shambles, with shops, churches and over 2,500 houses destroyed. Population in this city is 136,000. The Curicó public hospital was also completely devastated (we weren’t able to go near it because it’s under military protection due to the danger of collapse). At the time of the quake, the hospital had 350 beds taken up and all of the patients had to be evacuated.”
VIDA is in the planning phase with our Haiti and USA partners for a three year program to annually ship twelve containers of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in Petit-Goave, Paillant and Miragoane. These hospitals were decimated in the quake and served hundreds of thousands of Haiti’s poorest citizens.
This effort has requires extensive planning due to the infrastructure challenges facing Haiti as well as the increasing customs regulations with importing medical aid into the country as the nation now is in the rebuilding phase. Roads, buildings, medical supplies, medical equipment and trained medical personnel are inadequate but are critical in carrying out a sustainable program. This reality requires that VIDA and its partners undertake extensive planning and due diligence to ensure the program’s success. Upon completing the panning phase, VIDA will be sending only the highest quality medical equipment and supplies, from bandages to surgical suites, to get the hospitals up and running and will then resupply the hospital over a three year period to ensure that the clinics have the resources to serve people in need.
To date El Salvador has received 20 containers worth over $8 million in meidcal equipment.
VIDA now works through the San Francisco Bay Area Honduran Association and Global Healing with much needed medical assistance to this Central American country.
While VIDA has been sending medical iad to Nicaragua since 1996, VIDA-Nicaragua was established in 1999 to better serve the needs of the country, as was the case after the devastating Hurricane Mitch, in which relief efforts VIDA was actively involved from the start.
With 4 million people, the state of Michoacán is similar in size and population to Ireland, but dialysis services for low-income persons are only available in the capital city of Morelia. VIDA’s first project was the establishment of a permanent dialysis center (Centro de Diálisis VIDA) at the General Hospital in Zamora with 6 Cobe C3 machines sent from the United States. Patients now will not have to travel such long distances anymore to receive much needed dialysis treatment.