AmeriCares is committed to helping El Salvador expand access to quality health care for more Salvadorans. In addition to disaster preparedness, disaster relief, and ongoing medical and humanitarian aid with two primary in-country partners, we provide high quality primary health care through the AmeriCares Family Clinic. See images of our work .
Snapshot of El Salvador:
El Salvador with a land area the size of Massachusetts has the highest population density in Central America. The government’s efforts to provide free public healthcare has created a demand that far exceeds resources. Over a third of the poorest people in El Salvador still lack access to both public and private medical care while they face many of the health issues associated with poverty:
- Medicine prices are the highest in the region.
- Leading health problems and causes of death include heart disease, respiratory infections, cancers, HIV/AIDS and digestive diseases.
AmeriCares began working with our partner, Order of Malta, in country in 1984. We began delivering emergency aid in 1986, in response to a devastating earthquake that struck in the midst of the country's 12-year civil war. Since then, AmeriCares has distributed more than $445 million worth of medicines and medical supplies to the country, supplementing pharmacy shortages and providing budget relief.
Through two partners, the Asociación Nacional de El Salvador el la Soberana Orden de Malta (ANESOM) and Fundación Salvadoreña para la Salud y el Desarrollo Humano (FUSAL), AmeriCares donations of medicines and medical supplies reach hundreds of health care facilities including hospitals, clinics, health posts and children's and elderly homes. Our Clinic also distributes medical aid, primarily in the eastern part of the country
Our earthquake response in 2001 led to the building of the AmeriCares Family Clinic which opened in 2003.
In 2014 El Salvador became one of the pilot countries for our Disaster Preparedness Project leveraging local and international partnerships to develop and implement community-based disaster preparedness and helping to reduce risks for the vulnerable living in hazard-prone areas.
The Salvadoran Order of Malta was awarded a global pre-positioning grant to purchase emergency supplies prior to the 2012 hurricane season, which carried into the 2013 season.
At the end of 2011, severe flooding displaced thousands of people throughout the country, creating food shortages and threats from communicable diseases. AmeriCares responded with emergency shipments to meet immediate needs and followed with supplementary aid to restock supplies in preparation for future emergencies. Read more
In 2005, AmeriCares responded to an outbreak of rotavirus at the request of the Salvadoran Ministry of Health. The disease causes life-threatening diarrhea, vomiting and fever in children under the age of five. AmeriCares swift response provided enough medicines and medical supplies to treat over 200,000 affected children.
In 2001, AmeriCares was among the first international aid organizations on the ground after an earthquake killed nearly 800 people. The emergency disaster relief included tents, blankets, medicines and medical supplies.
At our El Salvador Family Clinic, we have focused on the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Through sustained primary care support, patients have access to necessary medications as well as education and counseling to help them manage their disease. Read More »
FUSAL: Libras de Amor Through our partnership with FUSAL, we have been co-financing the Libras de Amor malnutrition program since 2006 where the program in two municipalities has succeeded in bringing chronic and acute malnutrition rates below national averages. Read More »
Primary Health Care
Since it opened in October 2003, the AmeriCares Family Clinic - Clínica Integral de Atención Familiar – has offered a low-cost, high-quality alternative to free public clinics and high-cost private practices. Local families in El Salvador can get an array of services including general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry and health education outreach. The clinic sees more than 44,000 patients each year and serves as a model health care institution for the eastern region of the country. Click here to read more about the clinic »
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to El Salvador 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 El Salvador
A community leader mobilizes the people in his farming and fishing community in El Salvador to improve their health and overall quality of life through regular visits to the AmeriCares Family Clinic in Santiago de Maria.
A woman’s life is saved when a volunteer medical team on an annual visit to El Salvador performs emergency surgery using supplies and medicine donated by AmeriCares – one of over 1,200 medical teams supported through our Medical Outreach last year.
AmeriCares and long-term partner FUSAL conducted a grassroots education and prevention campaign in El Salvador that reached 25,000 inhabitants in coastal communities suffering from a high incidence of the mosquito-borne viruses of dengue and chikungunya.
AmeriCares has worked with donors and partners to help fight malnutrition in El Salvador and provide support to families for a child’s healthy growth and development.
When El Salvador’s most active volcanoes suddenly erupted on December 29, 2013, AmeriCares Family Clinic emergency team responded immediately with shipments of protective gear for cleanup, and relief supplies for displaced families.
AmeriCares and TOMS work together to distribute new shoes to children in schools and communities in El Salvador.
Stamford, Conn. – Nov. 22, 2013 – AmeriCares is celebrating 10 years of providing affordable, high-quality medical care in El Salvador.
AmeriCares began delivering aid to El Salvador in 1986, and today we operate a medical clinic and continue to provide medicines, medical supplies, program expertise and financial assistance.
On World Heart Day and everyday, AmeriCares works to provide lifesaving medicines, supplies, and education to help save lives and improve health outcomes for people suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Lina is just one patient helped by AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador. Since it opened in 2003, the clinic has treated an estimated 300,000 patients in underserved communities.
AmeriCares has mounted a large-scale response to crisis-level flooding caused in Central America with three air shipments of $6.5 million in medical aid and food support to help alleviate human suffering in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
Since 1985, AmeriCares has played an active role in bringing lifesaving nourishment where it’s needed most, with immediate emergency deliveries of nutritional supplements to ease human suffering in famine-stricken countries, and ongoing nutritional support, programs and grants to help break the cycle of hunger in impoverished countries worldwide.
Amid rising concerns about outbreaks of water borne diseases and food shortages as a result of crisis-level flooding in Central America, AmeriCares is responding with targeted shipments of medical aid and nutritional supplements to help survivors in Nicaragua, El Salavador, Guatemala and Honduras.
AmeriCares supports health care for widows like Donna Santana in El Salvador and other elderly women around the world. Read more.
Tropical Storms Matthew and Nicole devastated vulnerable communities in El Salvador, Mexico and Jamaica. Read more.