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Baxter is a key and longstanding partner of Americares. The company’s mission to save and sustain lives has a direct connection to our work, and its support of Americares programming has been critical for decades.

Baxter’s partnership with Americares began in 1987. Since then, the Illinois-based Fortune 500 health care company has provided holistic support for some of Americares key programs—including Medical Outreach, emergency response and clinical care for vulnerable populations. Americares has delivered Baxter products valued in the hundreds of millions to over 110 countries since 1987, while receiving significant financial support as well.

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Tech for Health and Equity

In 2020, Americares and Baxter teamed up to pilot a new project aimed at empowering people diagnosed with diabetes who are affected by poverty to better manage their conditions through mobile messaging. The project uses an evidence-based, health-focused text messaging application to encourage patients with diabetes to adhere to their prescribed treatment while promoting healthy lifestyles. Importantly, the program also addresses barriers in access to much needed resources such as food. With Baxter’s support, Americares is teaming up with five free and charitable clinics to test the model with 500 patients. Together, we are advancing the field of knowledge around what works best to help people overcome barriers to health and live healthy lives.

Partner in Medical Outreach

Each year, the Americares Medical Outreach Program supports more than 1,000 volunteer medical trips to 82 countries with medicines, supplies, and educational resources. Baxter’s product donations have anchored a large percentage of the trips taken by volunteer medical professionals, whose lifesaving surgical and primary care has changed tens of thousands of lives around the world. Last year, Baxter provided donated medical products that reached 39 of those countries through 274 medical outreach trips undertaken by 238 medical outreach teams. These U.S.-based volunteer medical teams travel to some of the most impoverished areas of the world where even basic medical care may be non-existent or inaccessible. Using donated medicines and medical supplies, the doctors, nurses and specialists provide a range of health care services and have a profound impact on the quality of life and productivity of the people they treat.

Ready to Respond

Baxter has been behind us as we respond to emergencies around the world with health-focused relief, recovery and preparedness programs, including many of the major emergency programs we’ve undertaken in recent years for Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas, Hurricane Michael survivors in the Florida panhandle, Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas and survivors of multiple disasters in India. Most recently, Baxter has supported Americares’ ongoing work to provide free health care to Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, who are in dire need of basic medical care and medicines, especially for infections, chronic disease management and prenatal health. As we remain committed to helping address this regional crisis, we are bolstered by Baxter’s partnership.

“Americares executes exceptional humanitarian relief efforts, focused on putting health first for the most in-need communities around the world. Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives aligns with Americares’ work, which is why we continue to partner with the organization and support their critically-needed programs.”

Verónica Arroyave, executive director of the Baxter International Foundation

About Baxter

Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter’s leading portfolio of critical care, nutrition, renal, hospital and surgical products. For more than 85 years, the company has been operating at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen. With products, technologies and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter’s employees worldwide are now building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. Additionally, the Baxter International Foundation helps advance Baxter’s mission by partnering with organizations around the world to increase access to healthcare for the underserved, develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing healthcare and to create a positive, long-lasting impact in communities globally. For more information, please visit our Corporate Responsibility page.