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AbbVie medicine donation partnerships to increase access to surgical care

Active Since: 2013

Contributing to SDGs…

AbbVie donates our general anesthetic to leading nonprofits that are providing access to safe surgical care for people without reliable access to health care.



  • Global NGOs


    Mercy Ships

    Operation Smile

    AmerCares Medical Outreach Program


Increase access to safe surgical care by donating anesthesia to leading nonprofits that are providing these services to underserved populations.

Operation Smile envisions a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery. Through its expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, the volunteer-based nonprofit organization creates solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most. In addition to providing free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children and young adults in places of need, Operation Smile invests in the training and education of local health workers as well as critical surgical infrastructure projects to help strengthen health systems where it works. Since 2013, AbbVie has donated general anesthesia for use in Operation Smile surgeries in nearly 40 countries. These donations have served more than 21,000 patients.

Mercy Ships operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world. The Africa Mercy offers free specialized surgeries in a state-of-the-art floating hospital in areas of sub-Saharan Africa where there is little or no access to care, such as Congo, Togo, Benin, Madagascar, Cameroon, Senegal and Guinea. Since 2013, AbbVie has provided our general anesthesia for use in more than 7,000 adult and pediatric surgeries on the Africa Mercy.

The Americares Medical Outreach Program equips U.S.-based volunteer medical teams traveling to impoverished areas of the world to provide primary care, perform surgeries, respond to emergencies and strengthen local health care capacity. Their major focus is on conducting surgeries during these missions. Since 2013, Americares has received AbbVie medicines for use on 1,600 medical mission trips in 79 countries.


SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 


Between our Operation Smile and Mercy Ships partnerships, more than 28,000 patients have been served.

AbbVie medicines have been donated for use on 1,600 medical mission trips in 79 countries through Americares.