Carlos Slim Foundation performs global actions and interventions to provide solutions to health problems that affect vulnerable populations in Latin America and around the world. To implement these solutions, the foundation develops innovative, sustainable and replicable programs.
Our objectives include improving people's health, eradicating diseases such as polio and river blindness (onchocerciasis), and promoting the fight against mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS.
The poorest communities in Central America have the lowest rates of health care. Maternal and neonatal mortality rates are a constant concern for governments and civil organizations working to reverse their negative effects.
On the other hand, teenage pregnancies before finishing school and inequity and access to health services are problems that need to be attended to at different levels.
Regional Initiative To Eliminate Malaria
The Regional Initiative To Eliminate Malaria is a partnership between the countries of the Mesoamerican region and the Dominican Republic, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with the goal of eliminating malaria from the region in the coming years.
Elimination of ONCOCERCOSIS
Carlos Slim Foundation joined the initiative both in terms of technical capacity and resources, and in recent years has achieved the verification of the elimination by the WHO in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and part of Venezuela. As a result, the disease now only persists in an area located on the border between Brazil and Venezuela, called Yanomami.
Eradication of POLIO
It is considered that it could be the second human disease to be eradicated from the planet.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invited the Carlos Slim Foundation to join this latest effort to eradicate polio, which has led to the purchase of more than 653 million vaccines for children in 33 countries in Africa and Asia.
HIV eradication (RED)
HIV continues to be a major global public health problem, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 35 million people. In 2015, an average of 1.1 million deaths from HIV were recorded worldwide.
It is worth noting that mother-to-child transmission of HIV has increased these figures. This is because, in the absence of any treatment, transmission rates are between 15% and 45%.