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 ...
Apr 13, 2012

Build Mirebalais Hospital - April 2012 Update

Photos courtesy of Haiti Libre
Photos courtesy of Haiti Libre

The following article was published in Haiti Libre on March 29, 2012: 

Haiti - Health : President Martelly in Mirebalais to see the progress of work of the University Hospital

The President Michel Martelly, accompanied, among others, of Mrs. Florence D. Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population and of the Senator Edmonde Supplice Beauzile (Center), conducted yesterday Wednesday, a visit to Mirebalais where he assessed the progress of construction work of the University Hospital of this city.

At a cost estimated to $16 million, the University Hospital of Mirebalais, will accommodate over 500 patients per day with a total of 324 beds, of about 20 consultation rooms in outpatient clinics, 6 operating rooms and a space to receive and train 140 students and resident physicians. The Minister Florence D. Guillaume stated that this modern hospital is the result of a public/private partnership. Property of the Haitian State since the land on which it is built (16.725 m2) to equipment which it is provided, this hospital will be managed jointly by Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL) nd the Ministry of Public Health and Population. It will operate on the principle of free health care and in strict compliance with the Minimum Package of Services.

The President Martelly congratulated the responsible of Zanmi Lasante and other partners who have contributed to the achievement of such a project and reiterated its commitment to provide services of free health care and of quality to the benefit of all Haitians indiscriminately... "Decentralization must be effective everywhere," remains convinced the President Martelly who plans to work on the structuring and the modernization of health facilities through the ten departments of country. He said he was ready to initiate discussions with relevant authorities to consider a fund that could allow the construction of at least one modern hospital in every department of the country during his tenure.

 

Was present during the visit of the Head of State: Cuban Ambassador to Haiti, Ricardo Garcia, personalities like Dr. Paul Farmer, the Reverend Father Fritz Lafontant, Dr. Max Raymonville and Dr. David Walton, all members of the Executive Directory of the NGO Zanmi Lasante, the Deputy for the constituency of Mirebalais/Boucan-Carré and the President of the Health Commission in the Lower House, Sinal Bertrand, the Departmental Delegate and the Mayor of Mirebalais, Jean Rodney Amboise.

Apr 13, 2012

Equip Mirebalais Hospital - April 2012 update

Paul Farmer & President Clinton at Mirebalais
Paul Farmer & President Clinton at Mirebalais

Clinton visits Mirebalais Hospital

On Wednesday, March 7, former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in Haiti to highlight the potential impact solar power could have in a country rich in sun but lacking in electrical infrastructure.

As part of his trip, President Clinton, Dr. Paul Farmer, and leaders in the field of renewable energy visited PIH’s flagship Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital. Delegates toured the 320-bed, state-of-the-art medical facility, which – when it opens in mid-2012 – will be powered by a field of solar panels lining the 180,000 sq ft facility’s roof. President Clinton singled out the project as a model of what is possible in Haiti – a country still in the early stages of rebuilding after the massive damage of the 2010 earthquake.

After leaving Mirebalais Hospital, the group visited other PIH facilities that also rely on solar energy, including Centre de St Michel in Boucan Carre, the first PIH-supported clinic powered to receive solar panels, an achievement made possible through PIH's partnership with Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF).

Delegates also saw the recently installed solar panels powering PIH’s Lashto fish farm, a tilapia-growing facility that provides both food and income to a once-impoverished community. Concluding their tour of Central Haiti, the group visited Domond Ecole Bon Berg, one of 19 schools in the area powered by solar energy – the product of a partnership between NRG, a major U.S. producer of green energy, SELF, and PIH.

This trip provided President Clinton, acting in his role as UN Special Envoy to Haiti, the opportunity to discuss viable business opportunities in Haiti with representatives of the renewable energy industry.

The large-scale introduction of solar power in Haiti would significantly reduce the country’s high energy costs, while potentially making electricity available to a far greater number of people. Only 38.5 percent of Haitian households currently have regular access to electricity according to the World Bank – by far the lowest rate of access in the Western Hemisphere. 

Learn more about PIH's work in Haiti

Frames for the solar panels on the roof
Frames for the solar panels on the roof
Apr 11, 2012

Haiti Earthquake Recovery - April 2012 update

On April 8, Jon Lascher, PIH’s Haiti Program Manager, updated viewers on Haiti’s cholera epidemic during a live interview on MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show:

Haitian cholera epidemic in wake of earthquake devastation 

Just months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, an outbreak of Cholera followed, claiming the lives of thousands. Haitian American blogger Alice Backer, former AP correspondent Jonathan Katz, and Jon Lascher from Partners In Health, join Melissa Harris-Perry in discussing the source of the epidemic and the potential dangers brought by the upcoming rainy season in Haiti.

Please take a minute to view the video here.

 

“If this was happening here in America, if this was our families in America, we wouldn’t stand for it,” said Lascher. “Cholera is still present… it has started raining already. We’ve had a period of time where cases started going down during the dry season and so we’ve had time to prepare…to do the right thing… But not enough has happened.”

During last year’s rainy season, the number of new cholera infections in Haiti tripled.  

“It spread so quickly because people don’t have access to basic rights like water, sanitation, hygiene, and health care,” continued Lascher. “It needs to be a comprehensive approach to treating and preventing cholera so that we can make sure that there aren’t 7,000 more deaths this year. We need to make sure we’ve learned from past mistakes.” 

As part of this comprehensive approach, PIH is working with the Haitian government and the Haitian NGO GHESKIO to launch a cholera vaccination campaign that will target 100,000 highly vulnerable people and prove that the two-dose vaccine can be delivered effectively in both a Port-au-Prince slum and an isolated, rural community.

Lascher concluded by saying, “We deserve to do better, Haitians deserve better.”

Since the outbreak began in October 2010, more than 7,000 people have died, and at least 531,000 Haitians – roughly 5 percent of the nation’s population – have become sick.

Lascher was joined on the program by Haitian American blogger Alice Backer and former AP correspondent Jonathan Katz.

Learn more about PIH's cholera efforts in Haiti.

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