Where Disaster Strikes
Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential.
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 lives saved and communities healed.
Americares is responding to Hurricane Florence, a dangerous storm that brought a life-threatening storm surge, massive inland rainfall and catastrophic flooding. An emergency team has coordinated the relief effort, and the organization is working to meet the immediate health needs of the affected communities.
A Personal Perspective
Read the latest blog post from Michael J. Nyenhuis, President & CEO for a unique view of our work. This week: "I'm Michael, But I'm Not That Michael."
Americares is responding to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami just hours later, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring many more. The 18-foot-high tsunami wave swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu, home to 350,000 people. The scale of the catastrophe continues to unfold.
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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.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season produced Harvey, Irma, and Maria, leaving death and destruction on an epic scale. Americares responded to all three.
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.
"I think maternal mortality is everybody’s business,” explained Magdalene, when discussing who should be targeted in community education efforts in her home county of Grand Bassa, Liberia.
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.
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.