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AmeriCares Launches India Operations
Date:11/5/2008

Appoints Prof. (Dr.) Purvish M. Parikh as the new Managing Director

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares, an international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, formally launches its expanded operations in India and appoints Prof. (Dr.) Purvish M. Parikh, distinguished oncologist and nonprofit leader, as Managing Director of AmeriCares India. AmeriCares India will provide a strong platform for AmeriCares to acquire and distribute donated medicines throughout India and the region, tapping India's pharmaceutical sector. This will enable AmeriCares to deliver more medicines and medical supplies to benefit more people in response to emergency medical needs and chronic supply shortages in health care facilities serving the poor.

Curt Welling, President and CEO, AmeriCares said, "For over 15 years AmeriCares has been delivering aid to the people of India in response to natural disasters and to the ongoing needs of the poor populations throughout the country. We have provided medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid that have improved access to health care after natural disasters and in communities struggling with chronic poverty. We are very proud to expand our operations by launching AmeriCares India, enabling us to deliver more medicines to more people around the world. AmeriCares India will serve as a vital hub for distributing critical medicines and supplies throughout India and the region."

From preventive care for children to emergency disaster relief for survivors of the 2004 tsunami, floods, monsoons and earthquakes, AmeriCares is working to improve health in India and the surrounding region.

Elizabeth Furst Frank, Senior Vice President, Global Program Operations, AmeriCares said, "AmeriCares has delivered more than $45 million worth of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to health care providers in India over the last 15 years. Through the establishment of AmeriCares India, we
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