Lepp Transfers Help Increase Access to Health Care in Guatemala
LEPP donations of surgical kits, hospital beds, vital sign monitors, generators, incubators, radiant warmers, and laboratory supplies were transferred by LEPP’s partner organization World Help to 28 public hospitals in underserved areas in Guatemala. Leveraged by local humanitarian aid and development partners, LEPP donations impact approximately 12,500 people in Guatemala. One notable impact is the use of surplus property donations in World Help’s Operation Baby Rescue program that works to curb the effects of severe malnutrition that threatens 80 percent of children in rural Guatemala. Also, LEPP transfers of surgical kits are utilized to perform life-saving treatments and provide viable and affordable options to patients.
About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas
Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.
In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars worth of surplus property to 18 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.
These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.