Medicines, routine doctor visits and lifestyle changes can help people manage heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases. But where resources are scarce, these conditions cripple and kill.
Now, AmeriCares is bringing medicines, equipment and training to hospitals and clinics so people can be diagnosed and begin treatment early, adding healthy, productive years to many lives.
Learn more about how we are addressing chronic diseases around the world:
Chronic Disease Initiative—Between November 2012 and December 2013, the U.S. Medical Assistance Program piloted the Chronic Disease Initiative. Read the Report »
Cancer—Quickly become a leading cause of death worldwide, cancer crosses all boundaries of income and geography. AmeriCares distributes diagnostic and treatment supplies and medicines to make early detection and treatment available in under-served communities.
Cardiovascular disease—Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are especially deadly in low- and middle-income countries, where 80 percent of all deaths from cardiovascular disease occur. AmeriCares medicines and training save lives in the U.S. and around the world by giving doctors the tools they need for diagnosis and treatment. Read a Featured Success Story.
Diabetes—This disease leaves people with dangerously high blood-sugar levels, which can damage nerves and blood vessels, leading to blindness, disability and death. AmeriCares includes diabetes medicine in our emergency shipments and delivers medicines to clinics that served under-resources communities in the U.S. and abroad, including our program in Haiti and our new program in Peru.