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Our Mission

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential. 

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Coronavirus Global Health Emergency

Americares is responding to the crisis by educating the public about the virus, processing requests for assistance and sourcing personal protective equipment to protect health workers most at risk. Get the facts about the coronavirus and learn more.

A doctor attends a child at the external consultation headquarter. Americares responds to people’s needs by offering people basic medical aids in a recovered area of the old hospital of Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia, on July 5th, 2018. Children and pregnant mother receive the attention first. Since 2015 Venezuelans' mass migration to Colombia progressively increased. After crossing the border migrants start a long path, often by walk and lasting over three months, to Peru, Chile and Brazil in search of a new life and job opportunities, fleeing their country as President Nicolas Maduro consolidates autocratic power and food and medicine run out due to corruption. Americares is working on the health emergency response. Photographer: Nicolo Filippo Rosso/Americares

Health Crisis at Colombia/Venezuela Border

Americares has set up clinics in towns near the Colombia border or where Venezuelans have settled to meet the critical primary health care needs of migrants fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Read the latest update on the crisis.

Health is on the Way

Every day, somewhere in the world, our neighbors face hurricanes, floods, disease outbreaks, civil conflict, earthquakes, extreme poverty and other crises.  Their need for health care has never been greater. Read the stories of Americares at work – and of lives you save and communities you heal. 

Americares announced today that Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Christine Squires will be the relief and development organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Squires will succeed Michael J. Nyenhuis, who is leaving in March to become president and CEO of UNICEF USA. Squires’ first day as president and CEO will be March 14.

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    Americares is opening six more health clinics in Colombia to meet the increasing demand for primary care services and access to medicines for families fleeing the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

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      Emergency Response

      Hurricane Dorian

      Americares is responding to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. To address the critical health needs of survivors, the emergency team has mobilized additional medical professionals and response experts to support relief efforts.

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        Family at Bridgeport Clinic

        With good health, anything is possible

        For people affected by poverty or disaster, health is essential to a better future. With good health, they can attend school, be productive at work, care for their families and contribute to strong communities. Poor health puts all of those opportunities at risk. Health is fundamental to all aspects of development.

        What We Do

        Since our founding in 1979, Americares has delivered more than $17 billion in quality medical aid and innovative health programs to 164 countries, including the U.S.

        News to Know

        Our donors and partners help our health programs, medicines and supplies reach our neighbors in need in more than 90 countries including the United States each year.  Read & share the stories.

        Americares Blog

        Helping the Helpers

        Puerto Ricans are facing the hard reality of post-disaster life on an island already suffering from a financial crisis. This situation provides fertile ground for mental and psychosocial health issues—especially in our elderly population.

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          For much of the world, including those in high income countries with little to no health insurance, the struggle to access medicine is all too familiar.

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            Medical Outreach

            Helping Alejandra

            Alejandra, who lives with her grandmother and great-grandmother in a one-room house in remote Honduran village, faced a life-threatening health crisis. A local health care advocate and a visiting medical team joined together to heal her with help from Americares.

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