Partners in Health a Nonprofit Corporation
Rating: 4.78 stars 9 reviews
Location: P.O. Box 845578 Boston MA 02284 USA
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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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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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.
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