FUNDESUMA, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, was created in 1996, under Costa Rican law, to support, promote, and develop the SUMA methodology. Working on a contractual basis with PAHO and other agencies, FUNDESUMA:
• provides technical and operational support
• provides training in Latin America, the Caribbean, and globally
• maintains and upgrades SUMA software
This new approach of relying on an NGO exclusively dedicated to the integrated management of emergency supplies cuts response time and improves the ability to adapt SUMA to different scenarios.