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Strengthening Health Care

A healthier community needs a stronger health system. In Nepal, Philippines, Dominica and many other places around the world we are building back better, stronger, more sustainable – dozens of health centers, while training and supporting health workers to provide quality care. 

Empower and Protect the Community Health Worker

A sick doctor or nurse can infect patients or become unable to work. In Tanzania, and other countries where health care workers are scarce, the loss of one doctor or nurse means that thousands of people won’t get the care they need. And the sudden emergence of an infectious disease, such as the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, can have devastating consequences for the health care system in a developing country where health care workers often face severe shortages of basic protective equipment and supplies. The deadly COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of health systems in many countries.

In countries where we work around the world such as LiberiaPhilippinesHaiti, and here in the U.S. we focus on strengthening community health care – by rebuilding or expanding local health facilities, empowering, informing and training health workers and extending the capabilities of the local health system to reach out into the community and beyond with information, education and services.

“If we are safe, the community is safe,”

Fatuma, nurse at Musumo Hospital in Tanzania

Community Health

Our Work In Puerto Rico

Responding to major disasters such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, we have continued to expand our efforts to strengthen the health system.

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    In Liberia, we empower and support the community health worker - the crucial link to building a healthy productive community.
    In Liberia, we empower and support the community health worker – the crucial link to building a healthy productive community.
    In the Philippines we have helped to rebuild and expand 84 health facilities damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
    In the Philippines we helped to rebuild and expand 84 health facilities damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
    With a mask donated by Americares, Nurse Samatha Tang makes a full safety demonstration at Community of Advanced Practice Nurses clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.
    With a mask donated by Americares, Nurse Samatha Tang makes a full safety demonstration at Community of Advanced Practice Nurses clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.
    In Nepal, we support a rehabilitation facility for people injured in the 2015 Earthquake. Photo by William Vazquez.
    In Nepal, we supported a rehabilitation facility for people injured in the 2015 Earthquake. Photo by William Vazquez.