AmeriCares serves people who have fallen through the gaps despite economic and social reforms. For health care providers serving the country's poorest communities, our donated medicines and medical supplies have played a critical role in protecting heath and improving outcomes.
Snapshot of Mexico:
Mexican families living in extreme poverty battle health problems related to poverty and a lack of medicine, particularly in infancy and early childhood. With over 75% of the population concentrated in urban areas, ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment and inequitable income distribution. There are also few opportunities for the indigenous populations in the impoverished southern areas. In addition, increased violence associated with drug cartels has led to tens of thousands of deaths and added to the negative economic impact of the global financial crisis. Critical health issues:
- Easily treated conditions such as diarrhea and simple infections can be fatal without access to basic medicines.
- At the same time, chronic conditions often associated with economic growth are on the increase such as diabetes and heart disease.
Since 1989, AmeriCares has delivered medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian assistance to Mexico. Through our partners, we have provided product assistance to many hospitals, clinics and community health programs, including two specific pediatric programs.
In 2009, an outbreak of swine flu created alarm, particularly in Mexico City. We delivered emergency shipments of medicines and medical supplies to support the country’s efforts against the H1N1 virus. Aid also included infection control supplies to limit the spread of the disease. Read more »
In 2007, extreme flooding in the Tabasco region displaced one million people and put them at risk of water-borne diseases. AmeriCares was the first international relief organization to deliver assistance to the region, arriving within three days of the flooding.
In 2005, Hurricane Stan slammed into Mexico, causing widespread destruction in, which was further compounded by relentless rain, severe flooding and dangerous mudslides. AmeriCares delivered shipments of medical aid and humanitarian assistance, while supporting programs to provide and distribute blankets and other relief supplies.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Mexico 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 Mexico
Stamford, Conn. – October 24, 2015 – AmeriCares emergency response experts have arrived in Mexico to assist with the recovery efforts for Hurricane Patricia.
AmeriCares emergency response experts have arrived in Mexico to assist with the recovery efforts for Hurricane Patricia that made landfall on October 23 with 165mph winds and torrential rains.
Stamford, Conn. – October 23, 2015 – AmeriCares emergency response experts are closely monitoring Hurricane Patricia and are preparing to deploy a team to the region.
Tropical Storms Matthew and Nicole devastated vulnerable communities in El Salvador, Mexico and Jamaica. Read more.
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In response to Hurricane Ida, AmeriCares has launched emergency relief efforts in El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Read more.
Mexico is in the midst of an outbreak of Influenza A, commonly known as Swine Flu. It has sickened more than 2,500 people and has been linked to 159 deaths. AmeriCares current aid to Mexico includes three shipments of medicines and supplies valued at more than $5.5 million.
Hurricane Dolly’s arrival this week serves as a reminder that hurricane season is well underway. This year’s season is expected to be an active one, with up to nine storms predicted to reach hurricane strength.
AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program enables hundreds of qualified US-based health care professionals to volunteer their services in over 70 countries each year.
Mexico is experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in its history. Heavy rains flooded the Grijalva River in the southern state of Tabasco forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Emergency response teams continue to rescue stranded civilians, while the state government reports that more than half a million people have already been left homeless by the floods.
In central Mexico, nearly a hour's drive up dusty unpaved roads outside the bustling urban streets of San Luis Potosí is a region that is home to some of Mexico's most underserved families. Most people living among this population are completely isolated from society, lacking transportation to reach the city, meaning that they are left without access to basic medicine, health care and safe drinking water.
Laurie Fogarty-Swenson is an AmeriCares emergency response worker. Here are some of her reflections from Mexico on the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan....