Every person should have access to quality health care. Through our own clinics and our partners, we offer patients treatment, prevention and health management services – the foundation of a productive life full of opportunity and possibility.
Americares Free Clinics
Quality Care for Connecticut's Uninsured
Americares Free Clinics are at the heart of a caring community, bringing together skilled volunteers and donated services from area health care providers, including hospitals and diagnostic laboratories, to serve our neighbors in need.
Nobody should have to choose between paying for food and paying for health care. Sadly, it’s a crisis that many Americans face. Here in our home state of Connecticut, where more than 325,000 residents live without health insurance, Americares operates four free clinics – in Danbury, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stamford. The clinics bring together skilled volunteers and donated services to provide quality care to uninsured residents, helping more people get the primary care and medicines they need but cannot afford.
Lives restored every day at our free clinics
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El Salvador Clinic
Good medicine and good health for many more people
In El Salvador, where 1 out of 5 sick people can't afford the medication they need to get well, the Clínica Integral de Atención Familiar in Santiago de María provides quality health care, medications, and outreach services to thousands of underserved families. Since its founding by Americares in 2003, the Clinic has provided diagnostic services and treatment for a range of conditions, from acute illness, to chronic and communicable diseases – often working on the front lines of disease outbreaks such as Zika. It operates using the basic precepts of primary health care: Promotion, Prevention, Healing and Rehabilitation.
Today, as a full-service clinic for all ages, it treats an average of about 4,000 individual patients each month.
The AmeriCares Family Clinic is staffed by a dedicated group of local doctors, dentists, a psychologist, registered nurses and licensed technicians who provide a number of comprehensive Health Care Services, including:
General Medicine, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Dentistry, Internal Medicine, Psychology, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Mammography, X-Ray Services, Ultrasound, Electrocardiograms, Audiometry, Clinical Laboratory Testing, Respiratory Therapy, Bone Density Screening, Minor Surgery, Dermatology, Pulmonology and Visual Health as well as Pharmacy Services.
Community Health Education – a key to primary health care and disease prevention
The majority of the health problems facing the community served by the clinic can often be attributed to conditional environmental factors, human behaviors and social determinants of health. Therefore the clinic offers regular health education programs to individuals who seek treatment from the clinic as well as within the surrounding community. The clinic conducts educational activities based on health promotion and prevention, covering over 30 various topics and reaching thousands of families.
In addition to programs offered onsite, clinic staff provided services in the community at local health fairs and visits to local schools. Topics have included oral hygiene, breast feeding, and a disease prevention initiative to help diabetics learn how to manage their condition. Additionally, the staff has introduced courses on challenges facing adolescents and countering domestic violence.
The Clinic opened in 2003 under an agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Americares as part of USAID’s Earthquake Recovery Program. Under this agreement, the clinic was jointly funded by both organizations through September 30, 2004. Americares now assumes all operating responsibility for the clinic. The clinic is supported through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in El Salvador and the United States and represents a model of quality health care.
India Mobile Clinics
Health care for people who once had none
In the slums of Mumbai, India people live in crushing poverty, suffering from infection and disease spread by overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. With little or no health care access, AmeriCares India brings health care to the people who need it most.
Six days a week, our fully-equipped mobile medical vans bring health care to impoverished families in dozens of locations. Hundreds of patients a day benefit from the medical vans' on-site services and free medicines. For most patients, this is the only time they will ever see a doctor. Immediate needs are met, referrals made when necessary, and chronic diseases identified and treated on an ongoing basis.
Each fully-equipped mobile medical van is staffed with a doctor, pharmacy assistant and driver so that the immediate health care needs of the slum dwellers can be assessed and treated, and proper referrals can be made when necessary. Another focus of the mobile medical unit is to identify and care for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and to provide them with a continuous supply of free medicines. Electronic health records for all patients are maintained to monitor the program and to facilitate follow-up treatments.