Access to Medicine

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Nearly 2 billion people in the world cannot get the medicines they need to stay healthy.  As the leading global nonprofit of donated medicine and medical supplies, we listen to the communities we serve and respond compassionately and nimbly to their needs. We provide assistance without prejudice, on the basis of expressed need. 

Global Access to Medicine

Global Programs

$12 Billion

Since our founding in 1979, Americares has delivered more than $12 billion in humanitarian assistance and health-focused programs to 164 countries, including the U.S.

Poverty and malnutrition leave millions around the world vulnerable to treatable diseases.

We distribute over $600 million in quality medicine and supplies to more than 90 countries each year. Last year we shipped enough medicine to fill 25 million prescriptions along with 30 million medical supplies for patient care, safe surgery and more. 

Just one donated medication saved the tiniest life – read her story 

Access to a key medication can be the difference between early death and growing up healthy.  

Every day, Americares delivers essential medicines and supplies to hundreds of hospitals and health clinics in the developing world and to free clinics serving the uninsured in the U.S.  Since cholera began its deadly spread in Haiti in 2010, for example, the supply of nearly 500,000 treatments for patients with the disease kept a lot of people alive, while ongoing support also helped 465,000 including health workers, lower their risk of the disease  

“Americares just saved a lot of lives here. The aid arrived just in time. Without this shipment, I don’t know what we would do.” 

DR. DOUZE IN HAITI

Our global supply chain is built upon our strong relationships with an unrivaled network of in-country partners

We work with our partner health providers to track medicine and supplies to ensure quality and safety, helping us deliver the right medicine at the right time to the people who desperately need it.  

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Photo by David Snyder – Life changing surgery for women in Tanzania
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Helping a Kid in Romania with Hemophilia be a kid again at Camp Ray of Hope
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Health workers with one of the youngest Ebola survivors in Liberia

Medical Outreach

Medical Outreach Program

Each year, the Americares Medical Outreach program supports more than 1,000 volunteer medical trips to approximately 80 countries with medicines, supplies, and educational resources.

These medical teams provide primary care, perform surgeries, respond to emergencies and strengthen local health care capacity in communities where even basic medical care is often non-existent or inaccessible.

A life-changing surgery in Nigeria.  Read the story.

A life-changing surgery in Nigeria. Read the story

A young man in Nigeria has a new life because of the work of a volunteer surgical team.

Americares helps build local healthcare capacity through our large partner network of medical and surgical volunteer teams. Our support increases their ability to travel abroad to provide medical and surgical care, train healthcare providers, respond to emergencies, and establish long-term relationships with the community. 

700,000

The volunteer teams supported by Americares Medical Outreach treat nearly 700,000 primary care patients and perform over 40,000 surgeries in a given year. Each year, these volunteer health care professionals bring quality health care to more people around the world, while strengthening local health care institutions.

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Man in Guatemala gets the chance to see again. Felipe with Dr. Dario Aldana, a local optometrist who helped Dr. Robert Brown and his team remove Felipe’s cataract.
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Right Place at the Right Time. Dr. Joseph Hurley and his volunteer medical team were making their annual trip to El Salvador to perform surgeries and treat patients who otherwise would have no access to care.
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With the support of AmeriCares, the team from Healing the Children Rocky Mountains surgically repaired Illa’s cleft. Without the surgery, Illa could have trouble speaking and would likely suffer socially because she couldn't react to others with a smile.

“If we did not have Americares support, we could not have saved her life.  Medicine and surgery is always delivered one patient at a time. I am deeply in debt to Americares. Thank you.”  

Dr. Joseph Hurley

Americares has supported volunteer medical teams with product donations and other resources for nearly three decades.

Visit our Medical Outreach Exchange to learn more about volunteer medical missions and find tools to prepare for the mission.  Medical professionals who wish to request medicine and supplies for their volunteer trip can register and order online at our Medical Outreach Access portal.

Right Place, Right Time – read a young boy’s story  

Timing of doc’s visit saves young boy. 

U.S. Medical Access

United States Programs

Americares is the largest provider of medical aid to the U.S. health care safety net.

We help partner clinics increase service capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients. 

AmeriCares U.S Medical Assistance Program last year delivered $117 million in medicines and supplies to a network of more than 800 clinics and health centers.

We are licensed or authorized to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states.

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5 Million

Our safety net partner network serves over 5 million patients who otherwise could not afford or access care.

These free clinics and health centers leverage shared and donated resources to build programs that continuously find innovative approaches to better health care

Medicine for the poor should not be poor medicine”. 

DR. NILDA SOTO, FOUNDER OPEN DOOR HEALTH CLINIC, FLORIDA

The network serves the uninsured and underinsured with high quality, primary care for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mental health.  Many safety net partners also offer an expanded range of services, such as pediatric exams, vaccinations and dentistry. Our partners can find important shared educational information that will help them deliver high quality patient care at SafetyNetCenter.org

With good health, what happens in your life?

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Jennifer had lost 165 pounds. She now runs regularly, has a new career in a property management office and has gotten off most of her medications. Her diabetes is now well-controlled.
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Patients get help managing chronic illness.
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“The medicines didn’t only help me, it helped my wife, my kids – everyone around me.”

Free medicine is life-changing – read Tammy’s story

Free clinic support means patients don’t go without medication

Our work in the United States is informed by our experience operating four Free Clinics in Connecticut for low-income uninsured patients.  

For more information about our Safety Net Partner Access to Medicines visit our US Access portal. For other health information resources, visit Safety Net Center.

Patient Assistance Program

No one should have to choose between paying their bills and buying their medications.

Through the Patient Assistance Program we work with pharmaceutical donors to provide access to medicines for low income U.S. patients without prescription drug coverage who would otherwise not be able to obtain needed medicines for chronic or long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.