Contact: Mary Jo Loparco
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Confront crisis. Create change.
In the simplest of terms, that is the mission of AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis in the United States and around the world.
An astonishing 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty and many more live at the margins, struggling to chart a course to stability because their basic health care needs are not met. These millions of people live without the resources necessary to cope with non-communicable disease and infectious illnesses – health conditions that are inextricably linked with unemployment, food insecurity, poor housing, lack of education and vulnerability to disaster and humanitarian conflict.
Since 1982, AmeriCares has worked to address the health and humanitarian needs of people in communities affected by poverty and disaster. Together with its global network of partners, AmeriCares has helped millions of people confront the health crises they face, creating sustainable change to restore health and providing pathways for hope and opportunity.
Today, AmeriCares is the world’s largest provider of donated medicines and medical supplies, both in the United States and worldwide. The organization complements and leverages this core competency to strengthen its emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts, targeted public health programs, and model primary care clinics. AmeriCares pursues this by working alongside more than 3,500 local partners, and through programs which:
- Restore and enhance health services, particularly in the face of disaster;
- Increase access to medicines and supplies in under-resourced settings; and,
- Catalyze long-term improvements in health care delivery.
These efforts amount to more than $500 million in medical assistance to more than 90 countries every year.
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