FAQS

What is PAHO Foundation and what do you stand for as an organization? 

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

As a philanthropic organization we aim to have a profound, positive impact on seemingly intractable public health problems that threaten the health and wellbeing of people in Latin America, the Caribbean. 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. PAHO 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.

Where does PAHO Foundation operate?

PAHO Foundation strives to create lasting partnerships for systemic change across the Americas, from Canada to the southernmost point of South America. By mobilizing resources to support the mission of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO Foundation helps the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to advance towards the goal of universal health coverage and better health for all. 

What are the Foundation’s focus areas? 

Over the past 10 years, PAHO 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. More recently the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer has become an important priority for PAHO Foundation. 

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

PAHO Foundation has a record of innovating for health since 1967. For example, through the medical text book program known as PLATEX and the partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, the Foundation has helped to improve the training and professional development of thousands of health professionals across the region. Today PAHO 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 anti-microbial resistance, and reduce the incidence of dengue, influenza and meningococcal disease are current priorities.

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

PAHO Foundation is an independent, US registered not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of 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.   

Why did the Foundation change its name?

Since its founding in 1967 as Pan American Health and Education Foundation, or PAHEF, the Foundation has evolved from its primary focus on supporting medical education to broader health philanthropy and supporter of the Pan American Health Organization's mission. The Foundation changed its name to PAHO Foundation in 2014 and continues to operate as an independent, 501(c)3 organization with its own Board of Trustees. Today, the Foundation is about accelerating public health innovation in the Americas. 

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

PAHO Foundation is based in Atlanta, GA at 2 Ravinia Dr, NE, Suite 1540, Atlanta, GA 30346.

Where does PAHO Foundation receive its funding from?

Individuals, foundations and corporations who share our vision of a healthier, more equitable world.

Why should I/we support PAHO Foundation?

Every donation to PAHO Foundation from individuals, foundations or corporations, large or small, helps countries of Latin America and the Caribbean make progress towards universal coverage and greater health equity. PAHO Foundation’s partnership with the Pan American Health Organization ensures that donor’s contributions become part of a larger, more impactful effort to improve people’s health and lives. 

How can I/we support PAHO Foundation?

Support PAHO Foundation by becoming a partner, giving a gift or donating online.

How much funding has PAHO Foundation raised?

Over the past 10 years PAHO Foundation has mobilized some $60 million to reduce the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases across Latin America and the Caribbean.