AmeriCares delivers medicines and medical supplies to support health care for rural and impoverished people in Panama. We support teams of medical professionals that carry donated medicines and supplies to isolated rural communities that cannot access health services. Medical outreach provides community members with consultations and treatments in general medicine, optometry, pediatrics, nutrition and dentistry.
Snapshot of Panama:
While reforms have encouraged economic and social growth in Panama, More than 4 out of 10 Panamanians live in poverty. Political stability and the country’s strategic importance with the Panama Canal hold the promise of helping the country develop a more equitable society. Although government-sponsored health care is available in urban areas, lack of transportation and resources leave large rural populations almost completely without access to medical and health services. Critical health issues:
- Dengue fever, malaria and diarrheal disease are a continuing concern
- Health care access for the poor, rural communities
Since 1986, AmeriCares has delivered more than $72 million in medical and humanitarian aid to Panama. AmeriCares has worked in partnership with the Panamanian Association of the Order of Malta to distribute medicines and medical equipment to hospitals, health centers, daycare centers and orphanages throughout the country.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Panama to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities in some of the country’s most remote areas 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 Panama
Close to two billion people – or one third of the world’s population – have inadequate access to medicines. Among them are the residents of the rural Chepigana district of Panama. Recently, thanks to AmeriCares and its local partner, the Panamanian Association of the Order of Malta, a volunteer medical team responded to this need.