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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Make A Difference 

You can help! Your gift will help save lives, prevent disease and create a healthy future for millions of children and families.

Please select a fund from the Area of Greatest Need, Priority Programs or Partnership Funds from the list below.


Area of Greatest Need
Your unrestricted gift helps ensure the support of priority health needs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation works across diverse areas of health and health education - from infectious diseases to children and women's health, the health of indigenous peoples, blood safety, infection control, violence, and nutrition to provide vaccination programs, eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as intestinal worms and river blindness, train local health practitioners, and assist in disaster recovery efforts. 



Infection Control Fund:
In Latin America, 90% of hospitals lack infection control programs even though hospital-acquired infections are a major cause of death and disease among hospitalized patients. And the rates of these infections in developing countries tend to be twice as high as those in developed countries. Help prevent death and disability caused by infections in health-service settings. Support the development of teaching tools in nursing and medical schools and the development and implementation of proper hospital procedures.


Healthy Aging Fund:
Disabling conditions and decreased health status plague many people as they grow older. As the number of older persons increase, the primary health care system must evolve to meet the changing needs of their older clients. Action must be taken now to adapt the health care sector and train health providers to ensure that older adults are able to access health promotion, preventive services, and quality health services as they age. PAHEF has established the Healthy Aging Fund to support work in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the availability of and access to quality health care for older persons as well as reduce disability among this population. Won’t you consider helping Latin America and the Caribbean prepare to care for its aging population?


Fund for Let’s eat healthy, live well, and get moving America!:
The Pan American Health and Education Foundation has made a commitment to fight obesity and improve nutrition and health in Latin America. There are cost-effective, targeted projects in the area of nutrition and childhood obesity that will result in healthier children living happier and more productive lives, and ultimately, in less poverty and greater prosperity for Latin America. Won’t you join us in investing in the future by sending your gift today?


Worm Busters Campaign:
Intestinal parasites infect nearly two billion children and pregnant women worldwide, causing severe and often permanent impairment. Tropical climates and poor sanitation aid transmission. Your financial assistance will help deliver a safe, cheap, and effective cure. Deworming programs rapidly bring real benefit to millions suffering disability, stigma, poverty, and ill health.



Fund: Terminemos con la Violencia Doméstica:                                                                                                Your gift to the Fund: Terminemos con la Violencia Doméstica (End Domestic Violence) will help spread the word about the devastating effects domestic violence has on victims, their loved ones, and their communities. These effects range from not just physical abuse but also sexual, mental, and emotional abuse. Also battered women often fall victim to HIV/AIDS. The Pan American Health and Education Foundation is supporting anti-domestic violence initiatives in the Americas and has joined the Pan American Health Organization and Latin celebrities in bringing domestic violence to the fore. We are looking to help reduce domestic violence in the Americas.


Children's Health Fund:
You can save lives. Today 1,000 children died in Latin America and the Caribbean. And thousands more were stricken with diseases --- many of them avoidable like malaria, acute respiratory infections, and vaccine-preventable diseases. Proven, cost-effective measures exist to reduce childhood death and illnesses. Our Child Survival Campaign also needs your support now.


Indigenous People's Fund:
The multicultural and multilingual indigenous populations in the Americas face tremendous adversity and challenges, and social, cultural, and spiritual factors continue to result in significant health inequities. The poorest and most disadvantaged populations have poor access to needed services, and proven health approaches are often not cultually sensitive and thus fail in these communities. Working with NGOs in the countries, PAHEF is providing health education in native languages and helping health care providers to learn how to overcome barriers to health care. Your gift can help make these inequities history. 

Blood Safety in the Americas:
Blood is vital to life. When a transfusion is required, it is imperative for safe, tested blood to be available in sufficient quantity. You can help improve the quality and availability of the blood supply in the Americas by supporting the Regional Blood Safety initiative led by the Pan American Health Organization and ascribed to by every member country.


Friends of Bolivia Fund:
At the forefront of the development challenges that Bolivia faces today is health. Child and maternal mortality, lack of reproductive health services, infection control, and chronic and tropical diseases are serious threats to a healthy nation. Specific projects are underway to reduce death and disease. With your gift, you can help Bolivians lead healthier, more productive lives.


Global Violence Prevention Advocacy:
Violence devastates children, families, communities, and societies worldwide, and is most devastating in poor countries. Violence is a leading cause of death for people aged 15-44. With your financial assistance, this coalition of organizations can heighten government and public awareness and work to end the abuse.


Women's Health Fund:
Women have special health needs. They may require treatment for: pregnancy-related complications; treatment for breast, ovarian and cervical cancer; osteoporosis; and gender-related heart attack symptoms. The good thing is that most of these problems are preventable or controllable. Your support is needed to help save lives and prevent diseases in women throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. 



CES University Alumni Health Development Fund:
This partnership fund was established in 2007 with the Health Sciences (CES) University based in Medellin, Colombia to advance PAHEF’s mission for medical and other health education. Your gift will support the research training and education of students at CES University preparing to enter the health care field and health workers advancing their skills.



Patrulla Aérea Colombiana-Antioquía (PAC- Antioquía) Fund:
This partnership fund was established with the nongovernmental organization, PAC-Antioquía, to bring health services and treatment to people living in remote areas of Colombia. Your gift will help supply medicines and equipment, support medical missions, promote health in rural communities, and carry out other life-saving and life-preserving efforts.



ASM/Asia Tsunami Relief & Recovery Fund:
Following the tsunami that ripped through South Asia in December 2004, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) saw a need to help rebuild and restock clinical laboratories, which are critical to the long-term health and well-being of the people in the devastated areas. The first project has been launched in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Your gift to this ASM-PAHEF partnership fund will aid the rebuilding effort.


Eduardo R. Mendez Memorial Fund:
This memorial fund was established to improve nutrition, nutrition education, and food science in Mexico. Launched by friends and colleagues of the late Eduardo R. Mendez and the Foundation, the fund also honors his extraordinary life and work.


Disaster Recovery Fund:
The Pan American Health and Education Foundation supports recovery efforts of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to mitigate the devastating effects of disasters. PAHO/WHO can deploy experts to the affected areas within 24 to 48 hours. On the ground, the international disaster teams work with local communities after many other organizations leave. Your gift will address the most pressing health needs of the communities and people affected by disasters.

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