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Saving Lives in 2009

  • December 16, 2009

In 2009, earthquakes, typhoons, ice storms, disease outbreaks, crushing poverty and war plagued millions of men, women and children – and AmeriCares was there to help.

Because of our supporters, AmeriCares was able to deliver over $1 billion worth of lifesaving medicines and medical supplies to people in need – both here at home and in more than 90 countries around the world.

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We continued our programs to help respond to the global health crisis and improve access to lifesaving medicines around the world. By forging more efficient partnerships with local organizations on the ground throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, we were able to deliver more lifesaving aid without adding significant costs. Meet some of the people AmeriCares helped in 2009 »

AmeriCares also fought against chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and mental illness. From strengthening African hospitals to the launch of AmeriCares India, our expanded programs and targeted initiatives against chronic diseases helped more people live longer, healthier lives.
AmeriCares dramatically expanded work here at home in the United States, and has pledged to increase aid even further in 2010. In 2009, AmeriCares sent over $190 million in medical aid to communities across the U.S., including 160 health care organizations serving poor and uninsured Americans and filling over 200,000 free prescriptions.

In response to natural and man-made disasters, we sent over $20 million in emergency aid to help survivors. From a deadly cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe to mudslides in El Salvador, AmeriCares delivered critical aid to more than 20 countries in response to natural disasters, disease outbreaks and violent conflict. Read about our emergency efforts in 2009. »

AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program donates medical products to U.S.-based health care professionals who travel overseas to provide volunteer medical care. In 2009, the program donated more than $39 million in medicines and supplies for 952 volunteer trips, providing treatment in 79 countries, including India, Mexico, Niger and Peru.

The AmeriCares model is time-tested, cost-effective and experience-driven. For every $100 in cash contributions received AmeriCares can deliver more than $3,500 in humanitarian relief, including medicines, medical supplies, nutritional supplements and other assistance.

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