Partners in Health a Nonprofit Corporation

Rating: 4.78 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: P.O. Box 845578 Boston MA 02284 USA

Mission: Our mission is 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 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 professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well- just as we would do if a member of our own families, or we ourselves, were ill.
Programs: Established in 1987, PIH provides technical and financial assistance, medical supplies, and administrative support to partner projects in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, the Dominican Republic, and Boston. The goal of these partnerships is neither charity nor development but rather "pragmatic solidarity" - a commitment to work alongside the destitute sick against the economic and political structures that cause and perpetuate poverty and illness. PIH believes that health care is a fundamental right, not a privilege.The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through service, training, advocacy, and research, we seek to raise the standard of care for the destitute sick everywhere.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yoon Kim, and Ophelia Dahl began Partners in Health in Haiti in 1987, extended its services to Peru and then Rwanda. Now its work against Antibiotic Resistant TB benefits the world. I learned about this great nonprofit through Tracy Kidder's book "Mountains Beyond Mountains". Kidder tells the beginnings of this organization--as Farmer, a young student at Harvard Medical School, turned an internship project into a lasting series of health clinics to provide a "preferential option for the poor in health care". PIH uses its resources frugally and still links its permanent staff with leading medical professionals. The website PIH.org states "At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidahttp://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/partners-in-health-a-nonprofit-corporation#rity, rather than charity alone".

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After reading previous comments, I thought the "senior executive salaries" issue raised below warranted further explanation. According to Charity Navigator, the _top 4_ executives at Partners in Health earn _in aggregate_ less than $500K. The previous comment could reasonably be interpreted as suggesting that a single person earns $500K or more.

Having been been closely associated with businesses ranging from pure start-up to nearly half a billion in value, I can tell you that the senior team's compensation is well below market for an organization with $88 million in revenue last year. Every executive with, say, a Chief Financial Officer's skill set, has a set of job opportunities from which to choose. As a donor, I expect the organization to pay reasonable salaries in relation to the officers' alternatives, taking a host of factors into account (e.g., what are salaries like in the area in which the organization is based, for people with comparable skill sets)? Furthermore, can anyone seriously complain about Executive Director Ophelia Dahl-- the leader of the this $88 million a year organization--- earning $89,000 a year...? I am entirely satisfied with PIH's cost structure.

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2012

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I was an intern last summer (2009) at PIH. I became a supporter of the organization several years ago upon reading a few of Paul Farmer's books. (I highly recommend "Infections and Inequalities".) In the past, I have volunteered and worked with several non-profit agencies in the U.S. but I can affirm this group of wonderfully talented people are among the best, if not the very best, in the field of health and social justice. Please find out more about them and I know you will become a strong supporter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

above-all the most dedicated, talented and diverse group of individuals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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PIH truly lives up to their philosophy of 'whatever it takes'. This organization's response to Haiti's earthquake disaster has been quick, thorough, and steadfast. Within one week they had set up supply chains for all of their existing sites to deal with the massive influx of patients from Port-au-Prince. They also had coordinated with other organizations to set up a site in P-a-P at the General Hospital to triage patients who could not leave the city to find health care. Two weeks after the quake, PIH had sent 22 planes to Haiti filled with doctors, nurses, medical supplies, food, etc. Their Boston staff worked around the clock to coordinate this effort. And they are already starting to think about a long-term strategy. As for me, I'm on board to be a PIHer for life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff at PIH is amazing. They didcate a tremendous amount of their time and energy to making the lives of PIH's patients better. Their creativity has enabled them to grow tremendously and take on country-wide projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I lead an organization that helps children living with HIV/AIDS around the world. We have been working with Partners In Health formally for about 3 years as a funding partner and have been extremely pleased with the relationship. Their leadership is legendary, as are the locations where they seek to make a difference (and they do). We have no doubt that their expertise will play a significant role in the rescue and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the accountability and detail we are given on the work that our grants have supported and the dedication that the staff have to the locations they are based.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an enormous difference in health care services for people in underserved rural areas like Haiti and Rwanda.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have had the fortune of interacting with hundreds of non-governmental organizations through my role in health policy and philanthropy. PIH (who i have worked with for over 10 years) stands out as one of the premier organizations staying true to a social justice mission and offering a high social return on investment. While keeping a low overhead, PIH is able to deliver sustainable top-quality care in several countries around the world. I have witnessed their growth from a handful of staff to hundreds across the world. Their approach to equitable treatment, community involvement and global health policy change demonstrates their expertise and strategic long-term approach to alleviate poverty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their concrete measurements of success. Whether in terms of treatment outcome or social return on investment, PIH can demonstrate their value across the board.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their ability to quickly learn what works/ what doesn't work and re-configure their programs accordingly. This approach makes them one of the "go to" organizations for learning how to manage infectious and chronic diseases in poor countries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

humble and concrete thinkers and not just "do gooders." Each staff member puts service to the patient as their top priority.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionize health care in poor countries, beyond what it has already done in HIV and tuberculosis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Partners in Health has an extraordinary approach towards holistic healthcare through its programs and footprint in Haiti. PIH has in many ways transformed how healthcare is delivered in under-resourced settings with their clinical programs in Haiti. Importantly, PIH utilizes and supports local resources, recognizing the tremendous local talent at hand. PIH's outlook is long term and strategic, and the organization strives to recognize the dignity of each patient. It has been a privilege to support such a program over the years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

healthy outcomes for millions of patients worldwide that have benefited from HIV treatment protocols developed by PIH in Haiti and Peru.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their "preferential" approach to delivering superior health care to those without resources to access such services. Those most in need deserve the very best service - and PIH strives to provide that in the most challenging of environments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, driven, doers, who are passionate about their work and have joined PIH to build a fundamentally different and more inclusive approach to serving those most in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way healthcare is delivered globally. They've already done it with new approaches towards providing HIV/AIDS therapy globally, and PIH has a broad agenda to tackle.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I and the firm where I am a partner, Sterling Stamos Capital, have been enthusiastic supporters of Partners in Health (PIH) for many years. In 2004 I visited PIH in Cange, about a three hours drive outside Port au Prince, and was fortunate to attend rounds with Dr. Paul Farmer. As a physician, I can attest to the superb quality of health care that PIH provides to the poorest of poor in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. As a donor, I am confident that our money was well spent. In fact, I can't think of a better social investment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Haiti where I observed the doctors at several clinics. I also know the organization inside and out having met with the principals of the non profit on many occasions in NY, Boston, DC, SF and Palo Alto.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ethos of every member who works for the organization. The Haitian, Cuban and American doctors, nurses and health workers are extremely committed to serving the poor -- as if the patients were their own family members.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand services within Haiti to serve the ongoing needs of the poor, particularly after the devastating earthquake.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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