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LEPP Donation Support Global Efforts to Mitigate the COVID-19 Pandemic

LEPP Donation Support Global Efforts to Mitigate the COVID-19 Pandemic

As countries strive to deal with the public health and socio-economic impact caused by COVID-19, there is an urgent need for physical capital, especially for medical equipment, supplies, and consumables. Over the last four months, property donations were transferred through LEPP’s partner organization WorldHelp to Guatemala, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Zambia to assist in the global efforts to mitigate the pandemic. In Nicaragua, medical supplies and consumables were distributed to regional hospitals to aid communities affected by COVID-19 and presently benefit 25,730 people. In May of 2020, personal protective equipment(PPE) valued at $750,000 was provided to medical workers in Uganda’s regional hospitals by World Help These donations were described by the Uganda Ministry of Health as the largest medical donation since COVID-19 was first detected in March of 2020 in the country. Physical capital such as vital sign monitors, ventilators, EKGs, sterilizers, aspirators, and hospital beds that were initially procured through LEPP to aid regional and rural hospitals and health centers, are now being utilized to fight the pandemic. Every donation counts, simple items such as hygiene kits are critical for protecting health care professionals and first responders and have also been distributed through WorldHelp to vulnerable communities impacted by a shortage of water, electricity power and disruptions in the supply chain. These simple measures protect communities and save lives.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

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LEPP Donations are Used in Programs that Provide Training and Build the Capacity of the Local Workforce

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

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LEPP Donations Help People in Rural Haiti Gain Access to Affordable Health Care

LEPP donations of dental equipment were transferred by partner organization Food for the Poor, Inc. to Bethesda Community Health Center in a rural community of Onaville, Haiti. Most people in Onaville do not prioritize oral health because the majority of clinics are either inaccessible or too expensive. Most residents only seek treatment after symptoms worsen. Left untreated, many of these conditions become chronic.

Bethesda Community Health Center was built right after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, spearheaded by health professionals working in remote areas to address the urgent health care needs of displaced communities. In partnership with Food for the Poor Inc. and other generous donors, the center was established to provide a permanent space to treat acute and chronic diseases for populations residing in Onaville and the surrounding communities.

François Leclerc (pictured getting treatment above), 31, came to the center from his small home-town in Canaan, a community located 10 kilometers from the Bethesda Community Health Center. It was his very first visit to the dentist. “Growing up, going to the dentist was viewed as an unnecessary expense and a luxury by my parents – lately, I have been in so much pain, I could not eat, I could not even touch my face,” said François.

Aided by the dental equipment donated through LEPP and Food For The Poor Inc., François received the appropriate care and treatment at the health center. “The clinic is very affordable, I paid 150 gourdes [approx. $1.60], for a consultation,” he added.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations
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Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Lepp Transfers of Medical Equipment Lessen the Financial Burden of Health Institutions in Developing Nations

Medical equipment such as autoclave sterilizers and hospital beds were transferred through LEPP and its partner organization Deseret International to the Peninsula Medical Center in the Bataa region of the Philippines. The center provides medical care and treatment for nominal fees and in some instances at no cost to patients. Had the center procured the medical equipment and supplies in the local market, it would have paid approximately 50% more of the dollar value of the donations. Every dollar that is saved is invested in health care services that provide diagnosis and treatment for patients who cannot afford basic medical care.

Pruna (pictured above) is a widow who earns a very modest income by working at a laundromat. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was distraught when she discovered that she could not afford the cost of surgery that could save her life. However, when Pruna reached out to the Peninsula Medical Center, she was admitted and underwent chemotherapy and mastectomy – completely free of any medical fees. This is just one example of how donations of essential medical supplies lessen the financial burden of health institutions, helping more underserved and disadvantaged patients access life-saving care at no or minimal cost.


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 14 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, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to 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.