Since 1982, AmeriCares has been committed to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis in the United States and around the world.
Every day, AmeriCares puts critically needed medicines and supplies in the hands of frontline health workers and develops innovative, sustainable health improvements in their communities. Our primary care clinics are models of health care in urban slums, remote villages and in the United States where income gaps often leave the working poor without health services.
So that local responders can act immediately after a disaster, we pre-position critical supplies in vulnerable areas. During an emergency, AmeriCares responds with immediate lifesaving medical assistance and relief supplies. Then, we stay as long as we’re needed to work alongside local partners to restore health services.
Reaching more than 90 countries every year, AmeriCares works toward a world in which all people have access to quality health care.
Our Work in 2015: A Retrospective
In 2015, AmeriCares supported health services
in 94 countries including Liberia, where we launched a comprehensive response to the Ebola outbreak. Here, a mother and child, both Ebola survivors, visit with the health workers who helped save their lives.
Faces of Hope for 2015: India
AmeriCares mobile medical clinics in Mumbai, India, provide dependable, quality health care and health education to families in slum neighborhoods. The clinics are on the road six days a week, arriving at each site every 15 days. The clinics conduct an average of 12,000 patient consultations a month.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Philippines
When deadly Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines in November 2013, AmeriCares responded immediately with emergency medicines and supplies to treat survivors. Within six months, AmeriCares had delivered close to $20 million in aid to restore health services.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Colombia
In Colombia, AmeriCares support for health clinics and homes for the elderly includes medicines to treat chronic heart disease, diabetes and respiratory ailments. For 30 years, AmeriCares has supported dependable, quality care for children and adults in need, as well as provided medicines and supplies in response to flooding and other emergencies.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Haiti
Haiti’s children face a future brighter than their past. In 2010, the island nation was struck with a double disaster: a deadly, destructive earthquake and the introduction of cholera, which crippled an already fragile health system. Throughout Haiti, AmeriCares is collaborating with Haitian partners, creating sustainable and innovative health programs, improving health center infrastructure and providing treatment supplies to limit the threat of cholera.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Free Clinics
For more than 20 years, AmeriCares has operated model primary care clinics that form the heart of a caring community. The AmeriCares Free Clinics in Connecticut bring together skilled volunteers and donated services to provide quality care for low-income, uninsured patients. Our four clinics have delivered $57 million in free health care services since the program began.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Japan
The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and radiation disaster created an uncertain environment for hundreds of thousands of Japanese families. AmeriCares long-term recovery programs in Japan and other countries, including therapeutic gardening programs, address the mental health and psychosocial needs of survivors.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Mississippi
Just days after an EF-4 tornado decimated the Winston County Family Medical Center, AmeriCares emergency response experts were working with local health workers to quickly restore access to health care for low-income residents. AmeriCares helped the Louisville, Mississippi, clinic open in a temporary space, a relief for the 3,200 patients who rely on its services.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Medical Outreach
Each year, AmeriCares Medical Outreach supports teams of volunteer doctors making more than 1,200 medical trips to low-resource communities worldwide. Using donated medicines and supplies from AmeriCares, skilled volunteers provide primary care, perform life-changing surgeries, train health workers and empower patients through education sessions.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Malawi
Time in the hospital is a moment of hope for mother and child in Malawi. AmeriCares supports dozens of health partners in Africa, including Malamulo Hospital in Makwasa, Malawi, where AmeriCares constructed housing to help attract and retain skilled health workers. Childhood nutrition, women’s health, health worker safety and chronic disease are priorities for AmeriCares work on the African continent.
Faces of Hope for 2015: El Salvador
Patients of all ages can depend on the AmeriCares Family Clinic in Santiago de Maria, El Salvador, for quality care. The clinic offers a wide range of primary and specialty services, including pediatric care. Patients from across El Salvador make more than 75,000 visits annually.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Louisiana
For many low-income Americans, monthly prescriptions are out of reach. To help them, AmeriCares provides U.S. health care safety net organizations with donated medicines, supplies and support for programs that improve health and reduce costs. Each year, AmeriCares U.S. Medical Assistance Program donates more than 1 million free prescription medicines for U.S. patients in need.
Faces of Hope for 2015: Sri Lanka
Mothers and children in Sri Lanka have access to quality health care at Trincomalee District General Hospital where AmeriCares built an 83,000-square-foot addition as part of its Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief Program. AmeriCares works with local partners and communities long after disasters to restore health services and establish innovative, sustainable health programs.