Mar 9, 2018

PIH Haiti Earthquake Recovery March 2018 Update

Photo by Andrew Jones / Build Health International
Photo by Andrew Jones / Build Health International

Staff, stuff, space, and systems—those are the ingredients, says Dr. Paul Farmer, to strengthen a health care system. With the recent completion of a single facility in Haiti, made possible by your support, PIH has invested in all four.

The new state-of-the-art, 17,000-square-foot distribution center in Port-au-Prince dramatically increases warehouse space for PIH’s stock of lifesaving supplies, is climate controlled, and runs on a sophisticated open-source software system developed by PIH. The supply chain team can now easily find anything—from sterile gloves to lab tests, vitamins to scalpels—quickly pack it, and send it to a clinic. The result: clinics and hospitals provide better, more consistent care.

Before the distribution center opened, getting clinic staff the essential stuff they needed was a slow process. PIH’s supplies lived in a plywood warehouse that could not support a formal inventory system, nor store temperature-sensitive medication. Without refrigeration and a way to easily track materials within the warehouse, many drugs had to be stored off-site, and staff would spend days unloading shipping containers or packing trucks to get necessary tools to a clinic.

“Today we know exactly where we put our inventory. We can receive two containers and prepare three trucks to make deliveries to sites at the same time,” explains Villarson Avignon, supply chain director for PIH in Haiti.

There is still much more we can improve. The team could really use another 17,000 square feet, Avignon says. The difference, however, is already immeasurable for the supply chain team and for doctors, nurses, and patients throughout Haiti. “Nothing comparable,” says Avignon. “Day and night.”

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Jan 3, 2018

Help PIH Respond to Peru Flooding Jan '18 Update

Thank you for standing in solidarity with Partners In Health / Socios en Salud as we provide medical care and social support throughout the slums of Lima and as people continue to rebuild their flood-damaged homes.

We’re pleased to share with you a piece of our continued work in Peru: helping teens manage HIV. A Partners In Health collaborator in Peru is examining why many teenagers are struggling to consistently take their HIV medication, and working with team members to improve care and support for the vulnerable, often-overlooked patient group. About 130 adolescents receive HIV care and treatment at National Children’s Hospital in Lima, but many of them struggle to routinely take their medication. In the most severe cases, adolescents stay in the hospital until they show steady improvement.

There’s great potential for very positive results: The development and increasing availability of antiretroviral therapy in recent decades means HIV is no longer a death sentence. But taking daily medication is crucial for enabling patients—of any age—to live full lives. 

The teen-focused project at National Children’s Hospital is still in its early stages, but PIH is making quick progress. We’ve piloted a support group for affected teens and have submitted a paper for publication in a medical journal. We’re also applying for grants to develop and study interventions to improve teens’ health. 

Please click here to read an interview with one of the project’s leaders.

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Dec 20, 2017

Advent International/PIH Reach the Beach Update 2

Thank you so much for supporting Partners In Health!

The Reach the Beach relay was enjoyed by all, and was a massive fundraising success: thanks to generous folks like you, over $323,000 will be put towards PIH's work in Mexico and Rwanda.

Our staff and patients all over the world are incredibly grateful for your commitment to ensuring that all people, no matter where they live or how much money they have, can access high-quality health care and get well when they are sick.

Please visit us at https://www.pih.org/ to learn more about the life-saving work that you've made possible and how you can continue to be involved.

Thank you again!

 
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