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This year marks a significant milestone in AmeriCares history, as we celebrate 25 years of delivering critical medical relief to people in need around the world.
Access to medicines is a problem that affects one third of the world’s population. In developing countries medicines are often lacking, sometimes counterfeit and too expensive for those who need them. According to the UN Millennium Project, “after the presence of trained health professionals, medicines are the single most critical element in the maintenance of health and the successful treatment of disease and illness.” Over the last quarter century, AmeriCares has acted as the bridge for getting medicines from where they are to where they need to be. In that time AmeriCares has been able to deliver more than $7 billion of aid to people in 137 countries, thanks to the generous support of our loyal donors.
Donors like you have made it possible for AmeriCares to provide medicines and health care to Arman Ghazarian, whose skull and legs were crushed after the 1988 Armenian earthquake; to Yolanda Torres, who received life-saving treatment she could not otherwise afford in her impoverished country of Guatemala; to the hundreds of thousands affected by the South Asian tsunami; to the people of Uzbekistan being treated with outdated medical equipment; and to the countless victims suffering in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
We also continue to help improve the health of those unable to do so themselves in our own neighborhoods through our three community programs.
Our mission is far from over. Eleven million children die annually in the developing world from preventable diseases and 26 million adults die annually in those same countries from chronic diseases. We plan to build on our 25 years of experience by expanding the relationships we have with our generous partners and increasing the volume of aid we deliver. We cannot do that without your help. Your support over the last quarter century has made a tremendous difference in countless lives around the world. Your continued support will enable us to reach many more.