AZ and AmeriCares at work in the Dominican Republic
When a community is devastated by a hurricane, a tornado or some other natural disaster, getting people the medical care and medications they need is an immediate priority. This challenge becomes even more formidable in countries that also are plagued by poverty and limited health resources.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that provides immediate response to emergency medical needs – and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs – for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
Our partnership with AmeriCares is an important way we deliver on our commitment to getting our medicines to people who would otherwise not be able to access them. Earlier this week, the AZ&Me patient assistance team joined AmeriCares on a medical airlift to the Dominican Republic. Donated AstraZeneca medicines are among the medical supplies that AmeriCares delivers on a regular basis through community partner facilities.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of Dominican people live without access to essential medicines, making AmeriCares regular deliveries of medical supplies far-reaching and critical for care. 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. Pictured is one of the three healthcare facilities that the AZ&Me team visited near Santo Domingo.