We work in country with Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil (JBG), one of our largest and most established institutional partners in Latin America, to provide support for hospitals and other providers throughout the region. In addition to our disaster relief and ongoing medical aid to address chronic and communicable diseases, we have provided critical support for volunteer medical teams.
Snapshot of Ecuador:
Half the people of Ecuador live in poverty, particularly in rural communities isolated from the resources of larger towns and cities. Nearly a third of Ecuador's 13 million citizens lack access to health services and two-thirds lack the means to pay for services, creating a number of critical health issues:
- heart disease, a treatable condition, is the leading cause of death in Ecuador.
- extreme rates of respiratory infections, malaria, diabetes and malnutrition persist in remote regions with childhood malnutrition as high as 92% in indigenous rural communities.
Since 1987, AmeriCares has provided more than $60 million worth of medical aid and humanitarian relief to Ecuador. AmeriCares has worked closely with in-country partner Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil (JBG) since 2005. JBG manages four major hospitals, sponsors school programs for disadvantaged children and supports over 70 health institutions in the country.
AmeriCares has provided ongoing assistance to JBG's health care services, enabling JBC to provide for more than 1 million patient visits per year. JBC offers primary and specialty care, maternal care, pediatrics and mental health services in both out-patient and hospital settings.
In 2008, AmeriCares responded to flash flooding in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Civil Defense and Ecuadorian Consulate. We supplied and coordinated the delivery of antibiotics, medicine to treat pain and infections, blankets and other humanitarian aid to shelters and medical camps across eight provinces.
In 1987, AmeriCares delivered critical medicines and medical supplies to survivors of a devastating earthquake in the Napo province, a remote region containing part of the Amazon Rainforest.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Ecuador to provide charitable medical care. 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. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Ecuador
Following Ecuador’s deadliest earthquake in decades, AmeriCares emergency team is deploying to the country, and a shipment of medicine and medical supplies is being prepared to treat survivors.
Stamford, Conn. – May 2, 2016 – Three tons of medicine and medical supplies from AmeriCares have arrived in Ecuador to resupply hospitals and clinics damaged by the country’s worst earthquake in decades.
Stamford, Conn. – April 18, 2016 – AmeriCares is deploying an emergency response team to assist the earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador.
Thousands of young patients worldwide have benefited from the transformative work of cleft and craniofacial medical teams that travel to impoverished communities, supported by AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program