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Signing a Memorandum of Agreement with Americares

 

Washington, D.C. – June 14, 2019 –

 

Charge d’Affaires, a.i. of Belarus in the U.S. Pavel Shidlovsky signed on behalf of the Embassy of Belarus a Memorandum of Agreement with Americares to improve access to medicines – including those to help combat cancer – in vulnerable communities. In May the Memorandum was signed in Minsk by the Department of Humanitarian Activity of Belarus and Americares.

Americares will provide more than $3 million in medicine and medical supplies over five years to health care institutions throughout Belarus.

“Americares supports the health system in Belarus with cancer medications and other more sophisticated specialty medicines,” said Americares Senior Vice President of Global Programs Dr. E. Anne Peterson. “When local health centers thrive, so do people in their communities – with better health, more opportunities and increasingly productive lives.”

Americares partners with the Belarus non-profit Children in Trouble (in Russian «Дети в беде») to deliver medicines. Children in Trouble was established in 1990 in response to a magnitude of new cancer cases among children after the Chernobyl accident and has a long history of bringing humanitarian aid into Belarus. The organization brings together some 5,000 families with children fighting cancer, links them to services and connects them to camps and activities, including ‘Olympics’ for children in remission. Children in Trouble strives not just to help children survive cancer, but also to thrive.

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, distributing over $900 million in medicine and supplies annually. For more information, visit americares.org.