Partners in Health is a is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential health care option for the poor. Founded in 1987 to deliver health care to the residents of rural Haiti, the group now helps provide health care to underserved communities in ten countries around the world. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in poor communities, 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.
Partners in Health draws 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, the group’s mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity rather than on charity alone.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported Partners in Health’s work in Haiti and Malawi. In Haiti, the grant went to the twelve clinics and hospitals PiH operates that provide modern medical care to one million people for free. The donation allowed the doctors, nurses, and thousands of community health workers to treat malnourished children, help women safely deliver babies, provide HIV patients lifesaving medication, and help cure patients suffering from cholera, cancer, and tuberculosis. In Malawi, the grant strengthened the capacity of PiH’s team across fourteen hospitals and health centers to provide comprehensive health care to 160,000 people in the extremely remote Neno District. Key programs focus on reducing maternal deaths and providing preventative treatment and care for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and malnutrition.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported Partners in Health’s Hurricane Relief Fund after Hurricane Matthew.
A 2013 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network helped to support PiH’s highest priority programs in Haiti, including raising the standard of women’s healthcare; expanding access to, and quality of, care through training at the University Hospital at Mirebalais; building and strengthening the Haitian public health workforce; and addressing and improving the standard of care for cholera, cancer, rehabilitative medicine, and mental health.