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Spotlight on: Our Work in the Dominican Republic

  • September 30, 2011

Plagued by poverty and limited health care resources, the Dominican Republic is a small Caribbean island nation with an alarmingly high disease burden. Since 1990, AmeriCares has delivered $390 million in medicines and supplies to the Dominican Republic, reaching hundreds of chronically under-resourced hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in all areas of the country.

AmeriCares achieved this magnitude of support through our network of partnerships in the Dominican Republic.  Located across the region, these partners allow us to respond to local health needs through national and regional hospitals clinics, orphanages, and rural health posts. The strength of our partnerships has allowed us to respond effectively to the immediate demands of natural disasters while developing sustainable programs that expand primary health care access for the long term.

Milestones in Our Work

In 1990, AmeriCares collaborated with the Rosenthal Foundation and the Romana School District in an educational program and a tuberculosis health improvement project in which AmeriCares provided training, doctors, medicines and supplies.

In 1997, AmeriCares responded to a severe drought crisis in the nation with medical aid to hospitals and clinics. That same year, Joaquin Balaguer, then president of the Dominican Republic, honored Mr. Bob Macauley, AmeriCares Founder and Chairman, and AmeriCares altruism and support, with the rank of Commander in the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus.

In November 2007, Tropical Storm Noel caused heavy rains, flooding and mudslides. In response, AmeriCares delivered an emergency airlift of vital medicines and supplies valued at more than $2 million.

Today, the health challenges facing the people of the Dominican Republic persist. AmeriCares is committed to supporting the ongoing development and progress of the country, and will continue to work to ensure that high quality health care is accessible for all Dominicans.

Read more about our work in the Dominican Republic here.

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