AstraZeneca supports AmeriCares’ work in Guatemala

The Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro in Antigua, Guatemala provides charitable care to the country’s neediest residents

With more than 50 percent of its citizens living in poverty, shortages of medicines and medical supplies are commonplace in Guatemala. AmeriCares – a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization – recently invited AstraZeneca and other supporters to join them on a 24-hour tour to witness the profound need that AmeriCares addresses every day.

AmeriCares began working in Guatemala in 1986 and has provided more than $24 million in assistance in the last year alone. The need for this aid is great not only because Guatemala is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America, but also because half of its children age 5 and younger are malnourished, making children especially vulnerable.

Kate Sparich, Senior Manager, Patient Assistance Programs at AstraZeneca, traveled with AmeriCares to Guatemala. She saw the important work that is being done by AmeriCares and its community health partners during her visits to a public hospital, clinics, a home for disabled children and adults, and a nursing home.

“It was a privilege to be part of the AmeriCares 2012 Airlift visit to Guatemala and to witness firsthand the impact that medical donations can have to patients so desperately in need,” Sparich said.

AstraZeneca is committed to improving the health of patients through great medicines and effective collaboration with partners who share our passion for making a meaningful difference to patient health. Our work with AmeriCares is one way we deliver on that commitment. We are proud to support AmeriCares’ work in the US and countries in need around the world.

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