Frequently Asked Questions

Who is PAHO Foundation? 

PAHO Foundation (the Foundation) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping people across the Americas live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. 

As a philanthropic organization, we aim to have a profound, positive impact on public health challenges that threaten the health and wellbeing of people in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada. Our decisions are guided by our core principles: Commitment, Courage, Resourcefulness, Collaboration, Agility, and Accountability.

What is most important about PAHO Foundation’s mission in today’s world?

Solving today’s complex and often unpredictable public health challenges requires knowledge from diverse disciplines and perspectives, collaboration, and innovative approaches. The Foundation has the flexibility to convene a broad range of thought leaders and the most insightful minds in industry, academia, philanthropy, and government, and engage the right partners with the expertise, ingenuity, and resources to help improve the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. We help build cross-disciplinary coalitions to create institutional change and build healthier, more secure futures for families, communities, and regions.

What are the Foundation’s focus areas? 

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has invested in public health initiatives that address the burden of disease, including tropical diseases like malaria, dengue, and Chagas disease; communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS; and vaccine-preventable diseases. Current focus areas for the Foundation include, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, environmental impacts, health systems strengthening, and women's health.

What kind of impact does PAHO Foundation have in public health?

The Foundation has a long history of innovating health solutions, since its inception in 1968. For example, through the medical text book program known as PALTEX and regional and international partnerships, the Foundation has helped improve health care training/development and strengthen health systems across the region. Today, the Foundation continues to bring a broad range of partners together to address communicable and non-communicable diseases and help countries build strong health systems. Initiatives to address women’s cancers, confront the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and reduce the incidence of neglected tropical diseases are current priorities.

What is the relationship between PAHO Foundation and the Pan American Health Organization?

The Foundation is an independent, US registered not-for-profit organization that supports partners like the Pan American Health Organization. PAHO Foundation mobilizes resources, brings together like-minded mission oriented partners and speeds delivery of services that improve public health in the Americas.

Where does PAHO Foundation operate?

The Foundation strives to create lasting partnerships for systemic change across the Americas, from Canada to the southernmost point of South America, focusing most of its efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean. By convening strategic partners and mobilizing technical, financial, and intellectual resources, the Foundation helps countries in the Americas advance towards the goal of universal health coverage and better health for all. 

Where is the PAHO Foundation headquarters, and how can I get in contact with them?

The Foundation is based in Atlanta, GA at 2 Ravinia Drive NE, Suite 1540, Atlanta, GA 30346. You may also contact the Foundation by sending an email to: or calling 404-382-8699.

Where does PAHO Foundation receive its funding from?

The Foundation’s work would not be possible without the support of Individuals, foundations, and corporations, who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthier, more equitable Americas.

Why should I/we support PAHO Foundation?

Every donation to the Foundation from individuals, foundations, or corporations, large or small, helps countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada make progress toward achieving universal health coverage and greater health equity. All contributions become part of a larger, more impactful effort to improve people’s health and lives throughout the Americas. 

How much funding has PAHO Foundation raised?

Since 2005, the Foundation has mobilized some $60 million to reduce the burden of disease and improve health outcomes for families and communities throughout the Americas. 

How can I/we support PAHO Foundation?

Support the Foundation’s life-changing work by becoming a partner, giving a gift, or donating online.