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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, General Hospitals, Health, Hospitals, Public Health

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 3

How can PIH justify $1/2 million/year for top executive salaries?

Review from CharityNavigator



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.