Volunteer medical teams share a common mission to provide more people with the medicines and health care they need and to strengthen the institutions that serve them.
Americares has supported volunteer medical teams with product donations for three decades. With the Medical Outreach Exchange, we provide tools to implement best practices and a place to connect and learn from each other.
Volunteer health care providers have a profound impact on the productivity and quality of life of the people they care for and collectively create real change in the capacity of local health care systems. Through our Medical Outreach Program, we seek to make this work more effective to the benefit of all. Learn more here.
We are grateful to the Godley Family Foundation for their generous support of the Americares Medical Outreach Program.
Americares Medical Outreach donates medicines and medical products to U.S.-based and licensed volunteer medical teams traveling abroad to provide primary care, perform surgeries, respond to emergencies and strengthen local health care capacity in communities where medical care is often unavailable or out of reach. Each year, Americares Medical Outreach program supports volunteer medical teams making nearly 700 trips a year to more than 65 countries with medicine, supplies and educational resources.
Volunteer health care providers view available inventory and apply online to receive medical products. Once vetted and approved, the request is processed and the donation shipped to the provider’s licensed medical office or facility in the U.S. Volunteer health care providers use the products overseas and submit a required field report with product usage and team activity information upon their return.
Americares does not organize trips. We support already formed teams with free medicines and supplies. To find organizations, click here.
Yes, you can find country-specific information from sources such as the American College of Surgeons, CDC, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, WHO, and others here.
Read pre-trip guidelines, find travel resources, and take our pre-departure training course here.
View our current inventory and check back as our products are updated frequently here.
For additional information, please read our FAQs.