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 ...
Dec 10, 2015

University Hospital in Haiti December 2015 Update

Jean Joel Saint Hubert, OB-GYN fellow
Jean Joel Saint Hubert, OB-GYN fellow

Thank you so much for supporting Partners In Health and University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. We are excited to share with you a profile of one of University Hospital's four new OB-GYN residents. We encourage you to click the link at the bottom of the page to read about the rest of the residents and the hospital's growing program in obstetrics and gynecology.

Name: Jean Joel Saint Hubert

Hometown: Aquin

Age: 28

Did you always know you were going to be a doctor?

Yes, I knew since I was 16 years old. My aunt was a midwife and was always delivering babies. There was a time when she was by herself, her children weren’t there, and she called me to help with a birth. There were two people in labor, and she told me to stay in the room, watch the patient, and call her when I saw the baby’s head. I saw the head and called her, but she couldn’t come because she was with the other patient. 

So I put on gloves and held the baby’s head as the baby came out. The only thing I couldn’t do was cut the cord. Ever since then, everyone—even my friends—have called me ti doktè, which is Kreyol for “Little Doctor.” 

How do you like the residency program?

After the construction of the hospital, I always went and looked at PIH’s website. I saw information about the hospital and decided to go to Mirebalais because they have many programs that train Haitian doctors. I attended an orientation that detailed [PIH sister organization] Zanmi Lasante’s story, and physicians talked about how we have to consider patients and give them attention. I like Zanmi Lasante’s philosophy; I’m not just a doctor, I connect with my patients.

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Dec 9, 2015

PIH Haiti Earthquake Recovery December 2015 Update

Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health
Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health

Thank you so much for supporting Partners In Health and the ongoing mission to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. We are thrilled to share with you an excerpt from a story about Père Eddy (pictured above), "Haiti’s patron saint of mental health," and his work with Partners In Health to improve mental health care in Haiti.

Eddy Eustache, or Père Eddy as he’s most often called, is Haiti’s patron saint of mental health. In the decade since 2005, when PIH (known locally as Zanmi Lasante) hired him as its first psychologist in Haiti, he has trained and expanded his mental health team to include 50 social workers and 13 psychologists who work in 12 clinics across the region. With guidance from PIH’s cross-site mental health team, led by Dr. Giuseppe (Bepi) Raviola, Père Eddy and his team have successfully delivered psychological care in some of the most impoverished regions of the country.

After a 7.0 earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, resulting in more than 300,000 dead and thousands more injured, it became increasingly clear to PIH staff that Haitians needed mental health services. Post-earthquake PTSD wasn’t as much the issue as was long-standing depression, anxiety, and stress developed over decades of poverty, unemployment, violence, and political instability—what Père Eddy calls the “poverty package.”

“The earthquake did not bring mental illness to Haiti,” Père Eddy says. “It has been to everyone an opportunity of awareness raising, where people had to understand that something had to be done, something still has to be done for the burden of mental health. We have a population of more than 10 million with two public psychiatrists. That’s totally under-operational.”

Because of staunch advocates like Père Eddy, the mental health program in Haiti demonstrates what is possible in some of the poorest places in the world. But the priest-turned-psychologist doesn’t take this as a sign that his work is done. In some ways, it’s just begun.

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Nov 24, 2015

University Fees for Cecilia - November 2015 update

Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health
Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health

 

Thank you for your support!  With your help, we were able to provide Cecilia (pictured above) with the financial support that she needed to attend university in Malawi.  Our colleague in Malawi recently spoke with Cecilia about her first semester in school, and we are excited to share this update with you:

I talked to a very happy Cecilia.  She has settled well and is loving university. She is still working on getting transferred to a nursing course, as that is her dream. Her only challenge has been not having a laptop as notes are given as soft copies and only typed assignments are accepted.* I asked her how she was doing so far with her studies and she assured me that she is studying hard, and she has been getting grades above average in all her course work. Currently she spends most of her time in the library as she is preparing for her end-of-semester exams which are commencing the second week in December.

She shared about how happy she is that she gets to learn French and math in her hospitality program. We had a brief conversation in French as she likes to practice with others, and I must say it was very impressive.

 *Cecilia has since been provided with a new laptop! 

Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health
Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health
Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health
Nandi Bwanali / Partners In Health
 

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