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AmeriCares India Receives Prestigious Award from Indo-American Chamber of Commerce

  • November 6, 2009

Honored as best U.S. Nongovernmental Organization Working Towards Humanity

MUMBAI, INDIA – AmeriCares India, a global health and humanitarian relief organization, was honored today by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) as the best U.S. nongovernmental organization working towards humanity.  The award — part of the chamber’s 5th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Award (I-ACE) — was presented during IACC’s 40th anniversary celebration on the American Consulate General Lawns.

The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce launched the I-ACE Awards in 2005 to recognize corporate excellence and honor U.S. companies operating in India in categories that include: Overall Best Company, Financial Services, Technology, Communications & Entertainment and Manufacturing.  This year’s ceremony marks the first time the I-ACE Award has recognized a U.S. nongovernmental organization (NGO).

“This award is a great honor for AmeriCares India and would not have been possible without the support of so many companies donating medicines and medical supplies to make our humanitarian work in health care possible,” said Prof. Dr. Purvish Parikh, vice president and managing director of AmeriCares India.  “AmeriCares India is able to restore health and save lives because of the generosity of so many Indian and U.S. companies that enable our relief work throughout India.”

Over the past two years, AmeriCares India has delivered medicines and medical supplies to over 35 health care partners in 15 states.  The partnerships range from government and nongovernmental organizations serving rural communities to municipal school systems providing nutritional support.  AmeriCares India works with clinics, schools, hospitals and rural health organizations to address a wide range of health care needs, including primary health care, acute illness, chronic disease and malnutrition.

AmeriCares India also provides medical and humanitarian assistance during emergencies and natural disasters; and conducts disaster preparedness training for first responders, health care providers and local officials to better coordinate disaster responses and identify gaps in disaster management systems.

“The vision of AmeriCares India is to help many more people live longer, healthier lives,” said Parikh.  “We are able to provide critical medicines and medical supplies donated by pharmaceutical companies and medical manufacturers that help save lives during emergencies and help us respond to ongoing health care needs throughout the country.”

About AmeriCares and AmeriCares India:

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 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $9 billion in humanitarian aid around the world. For more information, please visit and

About IACC:

Established in 1968, The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is committed to promoting trade and commerce between India and the United States and is now the leading bilateral chamber at the forefront of facilitating stronger business ties between two of the world’s largest economies.