When disaster, poverty, disease, or policy cause health crises, we deliver medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to a trusted network of NGOs, hospitals and health care providers across India. We also create and support programs that increase capacity, improve quality and provide more access to health care for underprivileged population across India.
Since 2006, AmeriCares' work has been characterized by compassion, expertise, quick response, and aid that work for people who need it.
Our programs focus on 6 core areas: Disaster Response, Access to Primary Care, Medical Commodity Assistance, Health Care Worker Safety, Community Health Program and School Health Program.
India’s population, more than 29 percent of which lives in poverty, faces critical health issues that are amplified by rapid urbanization, large income disparities and a lack of basic infrastructure. Chronic disease is the leading cause of death (56 percent) in urban areas.
AmeriCares India operates three core programs— Emergency, Health and Access to Primary Care. The Emergency Program focuses on disaster risk reduction, emergency response and recovery activities. Through our Health progra, , AmeriCares India provides medicines and supplies to increase the capacity of medical professionals serving low-income communities, with a focus on chronic conditions. AmeriCares India also catalyzes lasting improvements in health through school health education, community infection prevention programs and other initiatives. The Primary Care Program increases health access and provides health education to an estimated 570,000 slum residents through our Mobile Medical Clinics (MMCs) in Mumbai.
The funds raised through SCMM 2016 will be used to support our programs.
On 14 April 2012, 5 year old, Master Sohel Khan came to the mobile medical van of Americares India Foundation with the complaint of weakness and poor weight gain. As a routine examination, his BMI was recorded. Since he was less than six years old he received 200,000 units of Vitamin A.
On casual auscultation , the doctor was surprised to find the heart rate of 60 beats per minute. Considering his age and anemia it should have been close to 100 beats per minute. Otherwise the patient had no complaints and showed no signs and symptoms of abnormality. Immediately, he was referred to the Cardiology department of a teaching hospital for further investigations.
There he was discovered to have a complete heart block and was advised a pace-maker, which costs 2700$. Such a huge amount was beyond their resources. AIF is now helping the patient to raise the adequate funds which can help the patient to bear the cost of further treatment.