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 ...
Jun 22, 2015

PIH Ebola Response - June 2015 Update

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

Above: Partners In Health Chief Strategist Dr. Paul Farmer visits the doffing area of Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, in January.

Thank you for supporting Partners In Health and our efforts to combat Ebola and rebuild health systems in West Africa. We're happy to share an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, featuring PIH's work in Sierra Leone and Liberia that you help to make possible. 

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the challenges facing Liberia and Sierra Leone’s Ebola-wracked health care systems, and Partners In Health’s efforts to help in each country:

HARPER, Liberia—J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital, on the southeastern tip of this nation recently declared free of Ebola, has three doctors and spotty electricity. Sixteen of its 46 nurses left during the Ebola crisis. When two motorcycle accident victims needed X-rays, the hospital dispatched them in its only ambulance on a bumpy eight-hour ride to the nearest facility with a machine.

The deadly disease may have receded, but it is still exacting a heavy toll. Run-down, poorly staffed and equipped health facilities allowed Ebola to explode. Since it was identified in early 2014, the epidemic has claimed the lives of 507 health-care workers in three West African countries, all of which already were short of medical professionals. The health-care system was so overwhelmed with Ebola victims that many other patients couldn’t receive care for malaria, heart disease or pregnancy complications. That bill is coming due.

“There are more people who are going to die from Ebola, but not have Ebola,” says Paul Farmer, a Harvard professor and co-founder of the Boston-based charity Partners In Health.

Read the full article.

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Jun 16, 2015

PIH Haiti Earthquake Recovery June 2015 Update

"Improbably, the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people in Haiti has also helped bring Michelle and Marian a shot at a normal life."

Thank you for supporting Partners In Health, specifically our work to continue building long-term, quality health systems in Haiti in the years of recovery from the 2010 earthquake -- admist many other challenges. 

Please take a moment to read a heartwarming story about a complex surgery successfully carried out at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, constructed by Partners In Health in partnership with the Haitian government, as part of our response to the devastating 2010 earthquake.  

The generosity of supporters like yourself has enabled PIH to drastically improve the standard of care in Haiti and other resource-poor settings.  While there is much work to be done, the successful separation of conjoined twin sisters this past May is a shining example of what is now possible in rural Haiti:

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/conjoined-twins-delicate-separation/

Jun 2, 2015

University Hospital in Haiti June 2015 Update

 Above: Marian's surgical team wore red bandanas, while Michelle's wore yellow ones as they worked in an HUM operating room on Friday, May 22.

Thank you for supporting Partners In Health and University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Below is a summary of an incredible story that we are thrilled to share with you, and I strongly encourage you to click the link at the bottom of the page to read the full story.  

Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante, its sister organization in Haiti, are proud to announce that 6-month-old conjoined twin sisters were successfully separated on Friday, May 22, at University Hospital (HUM) in Mirebalais and are in stable condition within the hospital’s intensive care unit.

A national and international team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other specialists collaborated on the twins’ case from the time they were in utero through planning, surgery, and post-operative care. Dr. Christophe Milien, HUM’s director of obstetrics and gynecology, provided prenatal care to the mother and delivered the babies, who have a healthy fraternal triplet sister, by cesarean section on November 24, 2014.

Drs. Henri Ford and James Stein, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, led the international team of surgeons during the separation and were joined by their colleagues and others from Bernard Mevs, Florida Hospital, Cornell Weill Hospital, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Boston Children’s Hospital, PULSE, Loma Linda Hospital, and others.

The babies shared a liver but no major vasculature, and represented one of the least complex variations of conjoined twins. Surgeons separated the pair during a seven-hour procedure without any major complications. Their recovery has been rapid; both are breathing on their own and have taken their first bottles.

 

Full storyhttp://www.pih.org/blog/conjoined-twin-sisters-successfully-separated-in-haiti

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