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AmeriCares India launched with support from Mastercard

  • November 20, 2008

MasterCard Worldwide has awarded $40,000 for AmeriCares expanded work in India. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company’s support was instrumental in the opening of AmeriCares new India warehouse and allowed AmeriCares to expand partnerships with India-based pharmaceutical companies.

AmeriCares has been responding to natural disasters and delivering medical assistance to people living in devastating poverty in India for more than 15 years. AmeriCares India provides a strong platform for AmeriCares to acquire donated medicines throughout India and the region, tapping India’s thriving pharmaceutical sector – one of the largest in the world. The warehouse in Mumbai will serve as a distribution hub, enabling AmeriCares to respond to emergencies and ongoing medical needs throughout India, Asia and Africa quicker and more cost-effectively.

“About one-third of the people worldwide who lack access to basic medicines – more than 700 million people – live in India. With support from MasterCard, we will help many of them live longer, healthier lives,” said AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling.

MasterCard is a longtime supporter of both AmeriCares international and domestic work. Employees organize a golf tournament each year for Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp in New York for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Camp AmeriKids was established as a community program of AmeriCares, and is now an independent program.

“MasterCard is proud to be a partner of AmeriCares around the world,” said Ed McCraw, MasterCard’s vice president of philanthropy. “AmeriCares is a highly professional and disciplined organization that is providing disaster relief in some of the most needy areas of the world. As a global company, we are pleased to be a part of this effort.”

About AmeriCares
AmeriCares is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world.  Since it was established in 1979, AmeriCares has distributed more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 142 countries.  For more information, log onto