“We know how to eliminate many childhood diseases and improve nutrition. The problem is reaching those who are in need, which is often a matter of money. The Foundation is expert at putting money to work where itís most needed.”

Dr. Malden Nesheim, PAHEF Trustee; Provost Emeritus, Cornell University in New York

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Disaster Relief, Recovery & Reconstruction

Part of the terror of natural disasters is their unpredictability

Disasters cause death and serious injury, destroy homes, health facilities, and infra-structure, create a shortage of medicines and health workers, and often foster conditions for disease to spread. The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization ( PAHO/WHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) work together to mitigate the devastating effects of these awful tragedies.

When disasters are no longer on the front page of the newspaper, many pressing needs remain. It is after the urgency of immediate relief efforts that the long, hard road to recovery begins. This is where PAHO/WHO is a leader, coordinating support through prompt cooperation with governments and international agencies to:
  • Supply emergency medical kits and dispatch emergency medical experts.
  • Test water quality and provide chlorine tablets.
  • Facilitate movement and pay for relief staff—nurses, doctors and health workers—from neighboring countries.
  • Prevent disease outbreaks, clean-up debris, eliminate water-filled breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and ensure rubbish collection.
  • Disseminate important health information for residents through television, radio and other media.
  • Track relief supplies, through its innovative SUMA software system, from the point of entry to the point of use.

PAHO/WHO remain on the ground working with local communities long after many relief agencies leave the country. The "forgotten poor" need your assistance.