AmeriCares delivers medical aid and humanitarian relief to help combat the threats posed by communicable diseases such as cholera. We also support volunteer medical teams who provide medical care to poor and remote communities.
Snapshot of Nigeria:
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, faces the challenges of a petroleum- based economy, ethnic and religious strife and widespread corruption. In the midst of economic deprivation, families have very little access to health care. With one of the world’s highest fertility rates, the people in this country of contradictions have an average life expectancy of only 52 years. Widespread poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation and limited access to clean drinking water compound the critical health issues:
- Very high maternal and infant mortality with lack of prenatal care and shortages of basic medications among the leading causes of preventable death
- Very high risk of communicable disease: malaria, yellow fever, Hepatitis A and E, typhoid and diarrheal disease
Since 1979, AmeriCares has delivered over $15 million worth of medical aid and humanitarian relief to Nigeria. In response to Nigeria's 2010 cholera outbreak, threatening millions of people with the potentially deadly disease, AmeriCares supported medical missions to help stop the spread of the disease across the country and in neighboring Cameroon.
AmeriCares donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Nigeria to provide charitable medical care to some of the country’s most under-served people. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent.
Since 2005, the program has provided a range of products including specialized surgical supplies, anesthetics and antibiotics to the Earthwide Surgical Foundation’s trips to Nigeria. On a typical trip, volunteer health professionals may treat anywhere from 100 to 500 patients. They perform several surgeries for conditions that are rarely seen in this country, such as goiters and head and neck tumors.
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