AmeriCares works in partnership with the National Cancer Coalition (NCC), a US-based organization with local distribution throughout Paraguay. Medicines and medical supplies provided by AmeriCares help support over 15 public health institutions, filling resource gaps and alleviating budget concerns
Snapshot of Paraguay:
Of Paraguay's 6.5 million inhabitants, more than half struggle with basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and health care. Nearly 44% of Paraguay’s population lives below the local poverty line. Paraguay's public health system is severely underfunded and medical resources are scarce with only one doctor per 1,000 people. Critical health issues:
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death overall.
- Indigenous communities are subject to serious health deficiencies and indigenous children under 5 have malnutrition rates three times that of the general population.
- Prone to epidemics such as dengue and yellow fever
Since 2008, AmeriCares has delivered more than $152 million worth of medicines, medical supplies and equipment to Paraguay, working with our partner NCC to support thousands of patients with cancer and other chronic diseases requiring ongoing medical care. Due to inadequate funding, Paraguay's National Institute of Cancer experiences frequent shortages of important medicines. In 2009, AmeriCares and the NCC provided a major donation of lifesaving breast cancer drugs to the Institute.
In 2008, more than 18,000 people contracted dengue fever and dozens of lives were lost. The mosquito-borne virus causes high fever, headache, muscle and joint pain - and can lead to fatal internal bleeding. AmeriCares sent an emergency airlift of fever-reducing medicines and medical supplies to help people suffering from the deadly disease.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Paraguay 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.