Partners In Health (PIH)

Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. We draw on the resources of the world's leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world's poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professi...
Dec 30, 2014

Support children in Malawi - Dec. 2014 Update

We are very grateful for your support of Partners In Health and our Malawian sister organization Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU).  With your partnership, we've been able to continue supporting students in rural Malawi with economic assistance to help pay for costs associated with attending school. During the period of December 2013 – November 2014, we are delighted to report that:

  • 2,016 total students benefitted from POSER. These students are receiving social support from PIH/APZU staff, as well as help with uniforms/shoes, school materials (books, pencils, backpacks, etc.), and tuition/examination fees.
  • 14 female students and 35 male students have received vocational training at Neno Vocational Training Center, where students learn skills in carpentry or sewing/tailoring. Of the 49 total students who have been enrolled this year, 26 have already graduated from the program. Upon successful completion of the carpentry program, graduates receive a set of tools, including hammers, saws, clamps, and other supplies that they’ll need to begin their own carpentry businesses. Sewing/tailoring students can continue to work in a local clothes-making co-op. Since the training center opened in July 2011, most of the students have come from HIV-affected households—either infected with HIV themselves, caring for patients, or orphaned by the disease.


POSER Recipient Profile: Alinafe

Alinafe is fifteen years old, and lives in Neno with her parents and eight siblings, including a twin brother. They are a family of farmers—they grow maize—but Alinafe aspires to be a doctor so that she can serve the people of Neno.

This dream was nearly derailed when she reached secondary school. In Malawi, primary school is free, but secondary school requires students to pay tuition. This cost is prohibitive for families like Alinafe’s, contributing to the fact that just 8% of women in Malawi have completed secondary school or beyond.

With POSER’s help, Alinafe has been able to continue her education. Her tuition is paid, and she receives a school uniform and learning materials, as well. Alinafe is thriving as a Form 3 student at Chiwale Secondary School, where her favorite subject is English, and her favorite teacher is Miss Chifwa, who teaches Bible Knowledge. She’ll graduate next year when she completes Form 4. She is appreciative of POSER’s support, and knows that without Partners In Health, she would not be in school.

Dec 20, 2014

PIH Ebola Response - Dec. 2014 Update

Jon Lascher / Partners In Health
Jon Lascher / Partners In Health

Thank you for supporting Partners In Health and our work to fight  Ebola in West Africa.   Below, we are excited to share the most recent updates from our colleagues on the ground in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Thank you for your generosity, which is saving lives and helping to build long-term health care systems for those who need it most. 

  • In Port Loko Town, Sierra Leone, PIH is providing care and treatment to around 80 patients each day at a 106-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) staffed by local health care providers and short-term PIH clinicians. Located in the Northern Province, Port Loko is currently one of the areas hardest hit with Ebola. Over the last few weeks, PIH has also expanded our efforts to support additional facilities, including two isolation units at government hospitals (Port Loko Government Hospital and Princess Christian Maternity Hospital), and four rural Ebola Care Units (smaller, community-based facilities where suspected Ebola patients can receive basic care and isolation in an isolated and safe environment, while waiting for test results or transfer to an ETU).
  • In Liberia, Ebola Treatment Units are currently being constructed by U.S. Department of Defense contractors, and the first to be operated by PIH will be fully operational at the end of this month. In addition to supporting Ebola treatment facilities, PIH is prioritizing a strategy in Liberia of mobilizing rapid response teams that are able to travel to remote areas of the country when clusters of Ebola cases emerge, in order to deliver immediate care to most effectively support the continued containment of further spread.  PIH is also working with our implementing partner Last Mile Health to conduct infection control training in Rivercess County, a rural area in the south-central part of the country.
  • As part of our overall response, PIH is committed to supporting, hiring, and training Ebola survivors to fill roles that match their skill set and qualifications, providing them with dignified roles in combatting the disease and opportunities to reintegrate into their communities and heal emotionally. In Sierra Leone, we have hired over 200 survivors, and are supporting Survivor Associations in Kono District, Port Loko District, and Freetown that serve to link survivors with job opportunities in those areas.
  • Between Liberia and Sierra Leone, PIH has already trained and deployed over 40 urgently-needed short-term clinicians, and hired over 250 employees to support our immediate and long-term strategies in West Africa.
Nov 17, 2014

PIH Haiti Earthquake Recovery - Nov 2014 Update

Above: MIREBALAIS, HAITI - APRIL 2, 2014:  Clinical Nurse Administrator Naomie Marcelin conducts rounds at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, with nurses Jeddidiah Claude Pierre, Carline Gerome, Marie Synndie Aime, Heraldine Aneas, and Abdonie Laguerre. (Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health)


Partners In Health received an outpouring of generous support after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti (almost five years ago) from generous and caring people like yourself.  In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, we put those resources to use immediately with the construction of University Hospital in Mirebalais.  Today, University Hospital is an innovative, national teaching and referral hospital that is equipped to provide advanced, high-quality health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals and driving economic growth throughout the region. 

Since the opening of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (University Hospital) in March 2013, more than 100,000 uniquely registered patients have traveled across the country seeking treatment, surpassing our expectations. The facility represents a new opportunity for 3.4 million people, living within its catchment area, to access complex, life-saving services. But its impact extends well beyond the facility’s walls. Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (our Haitian sister organization) has built an innovative, national teaching and referral hospital that provides specialist, high-quality health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals and driving economic growth throughout the region.

University Hospital is one of Haiti’s largest public-private investments in health and has created 807 jobs directly. Approximately 70% of its staff are from communities in and around Mirebalais. Many live at home, but the hospital also offers housing to approximately 200 staff in its residences on campus and in houses in the community. University Hospital staff shop in local markets, eat at neighborhood restaurants and food stands, and invest in nearby housing. Their economic activity is stimulating growth and encouraging new business. Linda, a Mirebalais resident and mother of three who sells egg sandwiches, recently moved her stand just outside University Hospital and is now selling dozens of sandwiches each morning. 

Researchers from PIH/ZL and the Haitian Ministry of Planning’s Centre de Techniques de Planification et d'Économie Appliquée have quantified the ‘multiplier effect’ University Hospital has across sectors of the Haitian economy; they found that for every $1 invested into University Hospital, $1.82 is returned to the local economy. This analysis does not take into account other important benefits associated with University Hospital, including benefits to the economy resulting from a healthier population and workforce, benefits to patients who receive high-quality care regardless of their ability to pay, and long-term benefits for the Haitian health care sector through University Hospital’s academic training and mentorship programs.

We thank you for your continued support, which enables us to continue providing high-quality health care to the poorest of the poor in Haiti. 

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