PADF Sends Hospital Equipment to Medical Institutions in Southern Chile Affected by 2010 Quake

Washington, D.C. (December 28, 2011) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) delivered four containers of medical equipment and hospital furniture to the Autonomous University of Chile which will distribute the assistance to hospitals and municipal medical facilities located in areas of southern Chile that were seriously impacted by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in February 2010.

The donation of equipment, valued at approximately $915,000 and provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) General Service Administration’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP), includes electric hospital beds, mattresses, examination tables, dental equipment, scales, wardrobes, adult walkers, and other medical items.  They were made available to PADF from the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an inpatient/outpatient health care facility in Brecksville, northern Ohio.

This latest shipment, the second to the university, follows a May 2010 donation of two 40-foot containers that also included medical equipment, which was valued at more than $615,000 and was sent with support from U.S. Southern Command, a PADF partner. That donation also went to medical facilities in southern Chile that were under high demand following the destruction of hospitals in the cities of Talca and Curicó in the Maule Region.

“PADF is committed to ensuring that the generosity of donors results in the support of communities who are facing challenges throughout Latin American and the Caribbean region. This donation is yet another example of how we can work together to support those communities and help them recover more quickly from natural disasters,” says Pilar Heraud, Director of PADF’s In-Kind Donations.

In the past year PADF provided $6.5 million of in-kind donations to Colombia, Haiti, Guatemala, Bolivia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Panama, Brazil, Peru, and Chile. As part of the program, PADF shipped more than 400 hospital beds to organizations that serve vulnerable citizens.

The Foundation has been operating throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for 50 years.  It began responding to natural disasters in the 1960s when at that time it aided earthquake victims in Chile for which it received the Bernardo O’Higgins award.

About PADF

PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic development programs for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil society and community groups in support of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2010, it helped more than 10 million beneficiaries in 22 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia and other countries.