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 ...
Sep 13, 2016

University Hospital in Haiti September 2016 Update

Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health
Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health

Thank you very much for your continued support of Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante and University Hospital in Mirebalais (HUM), Haiti.

We're pleased to share with you a story about Lauria (pictured above), a nurse at University Hospital. Please enjoy the excerpt below, and read the full story at http://www.pih.org/.

Watching her work with patients and staff, it’s hard to imagine Lauria as anything but a nurse. Yet the profession was not her first choice. A lover of math, physics, and chemistry, the Cayes native dreamed of becoming a civil engineer in her community along the southern coast. Her mother had other ideas. Tuition for nursing was much more affordable, so she pushed her daughter to pursue the career against her wishes.

Lauria was in her second year at the National Nursing School of Cayes when her father mysteriously fell ill. He started driving four hours, one way, to Port-au-Prince to visit doctors in search of answers, and his daughter often accompanied him.

“We went to five different hospitals hoping for a diagnosis, but were never given one,” Lauria said. The young nurse thought her father might be suffering from tuberculosis or pneumonia. She talked to him about his illness, bolstered his hope, and encouraged him to keep taking his medication. Finally, at the capital’s TB sanatorium, they learned he had lung cancer.

“My dad died in May of 2010,” Lauria said. “It was too late for the doctors to do anything for him.”

Caring for her father made Lauria appreciate the value of her new profession, and small encounters during her clinical rotations reinforced her sense of purpose. One patient from her early years of nursing school stands out in her mind. The woman was in a “horrible state,” Lauria remembered. Her catheter hadn’t been changed. She hadn’t been bathed in four days. And her hair and teeth hadn’t been brushed for likely as long. The young nurse carefully washed her, brushed her teeth and hair, and changed her clothes and bed sheets.

“It was then when I realized I needed to continue this work, because people needed my help,” Lauria said. “I learned the importance of nursing; it’s not about me, it’s about my patients.”

Thank you again for your support!

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Sep 12, 2016

Support children in Malawi - September 2016 Update

Thank you so much for supporting Partners In Health and the Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER) in Malawi. We're pleased to share this update from the field, provided by our POSER team:

"Before we can thank Yamikani for taking the time to visit us after school, he has already thanked us for the support the POSER program has provided to him and his family.

Yamikani, who is 20, has been raised for the past eighteen years by a single mom. His father abandoned the family eighteen years ago, leaving his mother with only a small plot of corn and tomatoes and sporadic odd jobs to feed him and his three younger siblings.

Despite this challenging financial situation at home, Yamikani completed primary school. When it came time to proceed to secondary school, Yamikani began receiving financial support from the POSER school program. POSER has paid Yamikani’s annual tuition and exam fees for the past three years, alleviating the financial burden of education on his household and making it possible for him to continue his studies.

“Without the POSER program,” he said, “continuing my education would have been very, very difficult, because of the number of children my mother is caring for.” He hopes that his two younger siblings, who are not yet old enough for school, will be able to receive support through the POSER program and that they will be able to go far in their education.

As for Yamikani, he enjoys studying math, physical sciences and biology, and hopes to pass the exam to enter University later this year. “I want to become a doctor,” he said, explaining how he has admired the work of doctors in his home district of Neno where PIH operates. “There are so many people here who are so vulnerable. My relatives. My friends. They are all being cared for by these doctors, and I would like to one day be able to provide this care as well.” 

Thank you again for your generous support!

Aug 30, 2016

PIH Cholera Response in Haiti - August 2016 Update

Please sign our petition to fight cholera in Haiti
Please sign our petition to fight cholera in Haiti

Thank you so much for your continued support of Partners In Health and our efforts to eradicate cholera in Haiti.

Last week, the United Nations accepted responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti in 2010, when U.N. peacekeepers contamined a crucial waterway. This is the world's worst ongoing outbreak -- nearly 10,000 people in Haiti have died from the disease, and just this year cholera has sickened 14,000 Haitians.

Partners In Health is collecting signatures for a petition to be delivered to Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, demanding that the U.N. fund a comprehensive plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti, including national vaccination campaigns, household water treatment, and clean water and santiation.

Please take a moment to sign the petition, and demand that the U.N. take action against this devastating illness: http://act.pih.org/page/s/tell-the-un-now

Your voice will help bring justice to Haiti, and your support of Partners In Health allows us to continue treating cholera, educating communities about the disease's spread, and saving lives. From all of us at PIH, thank you!

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