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Partners In Health: Providing a preferential option for the poor in health care
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Before PIH began working in the area. State-of-the-art Butaro Hospital built by PIH in rural Rwanda.

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A Letter from the President of the Foundation >>>

Partners In Health ( Dr. Paul Farmer co-founded Partners in Health 25 years ago to work among the poor in Haiti, inspired by a commitment to provide the best possible medical care in places that had none. The organization has since grown and flourished, expanding to 12 countries with a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and diseases, through direct health care delivery as well as community-based interventions in agriculture and nutrition, housing, clean water, and income generation. PIH’s work begins with the patient, but extends far beyond, to the transformation of communities, health systems, and global health policy. PIH collaborates with the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and through its advocacy efforts aimed at global health funders and policy makers, seek to raise the standard for the delivery of health care in the poorest parts of the world. Pulitzer-prize winning author Tracy Kidder has written an inspiring book about Dr. Farmer and PIH, “Mountains Beyond Mountains.”

PIH was founded in 1987, two years after the Clinique Bon Sauveur was set up in Cange, Haiti, to deliver health care to the residents of the mountainous Central Plateau. PIH co-founders had been working in the area for years. The Clinic was just the first of an arc of successful projects designed to address the health care needs of the residents of the poorest area in Haiti. In the 20 years since then, PIH has expanded its operations to eight other sites in Haiti and five additional countries and has launched a number of other initiatives.

Partners In Health's success has helped prove that allegedly "untreatable" health problems can be addressed effectively, even in poor settings. Until very recently, it was conventional wisdom that neither multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) nor AIDS could be treated in such settings. PIH proved otherwise, developing a model of community-based care used successfully to treat MDR TB in the slums of Lima, Peru, and deliver antiretroviral therapy for AIDS in a squatter settlement in rural Haiti. National health authorities in both countries have now significantly expanded these pilot projects. Today, PIH has transplanted and adapted its model of care to the epicenter of the HIV pandemic in Africa, launching projects in Rwanda in 2005 and Lesotho in 2006. Elements of PIH's community-based approach have been disseminated to and adapted by other countries and programs throughout the world.

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