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When it launched in 2011, the St. Marc family medicine residency was PIH’s first formal training program for medical specialists in Haiti, made possible through a partnership with sister organization Zanmi Lasante, Haiti’s national medical school, and the Ministry of Health. The first six residents finished their three-year program in December; and five are now working part- or full-time as attending physicians or mentors for residents within the PIH/ZL network. Another 16 family medicine residents are now training at St. Marc's Hôpital St. Nicolas.
Since launching in 2012, Compañeros En Salud has partnered with Mexico’s Ministry of Health to send seven generations of first-year doctors—25 in all—to rural, public clinics at 10 sites throughout Chiapas. Each transition requires a careful passing of the baton from one wave of doctors to the next. While CES staff facilitate this transition through introductions and regular site visits, outgoing doctors smooth the path for their colleagues by remaining in the community for as many as four weeks to bring them up to speed on patients’ cases and help them adjust to life in a remote rural location.
Caring for women with pregnancy complications during the Ebola outbreak has been difficult, but clinicians are making progress with a specialized unit at a Freetown hospital.
Nurse Karin Huster, a PIH clinical lead in Sierra Leone, writes on the need to ask tough questions in "All Lives Matter," published April 6, 2015, in Slate.
Community health workers are central to our work. Every day, they make house calls, traveling many miles to see patients in their homes. They ensure patients have medication and they guide them through the difficulties of illness and treatment. Health workers embody PIH's ethos to support patients however we can to help them get well.
CES partners with Mexico’s Ministry of Health to recruit and train young doctors, who manage public clinics throughout Chiapas during their social service year. The first-year doctors, or pasantes, have conducted more than 45,000 patient visits in eight communities throughout the southeastern state since CES began providing services there in 2012. CES expanded to Letrero and Monterrey in February, pushing its reach farther into the surrounding Sierra Madre mountains.
Mosaic artist Laurel True, members of the Mirebalais Mosaic Collective, and University Hospital staff and patients collaborated to design, create, and install mosaics throughout the new Center of Excellence in Rehab and Education in Mirebalais, Haiti.The project was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Scientists have long debated the dynamics of how tuberculosis spreads in people, including whether MDR-TB is as likely to spread as drug-sensitive TB. Epidemiologists behind the Peru study, which followed 18,500 people for several years, hope that answering this question will better equip public health professionals to stop tuberculosis in all its forms.
Ebola is the tip of a global health crisis: a crisis in our collective ability to deliver the essentials of modern medicine to those who need help the most. Few diseases illustrate the ongoing nature of this crisis better than tuberculosis, a highly transmissible airborne infection that kills more than 1.5 million people every year.
I decided to move to Chikwawa in order to alleviate the disease burden unleashed by the floods, and to bring us closer to making real the human right to health care.
Now celebrating its two-year anniversary, University Hospital in Mirebalais is a boon for the region and the country following the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
[T]he everyday health conditions faced by the poor across much of West Africa are nothing if not a disaster. Redoubling our efforts in Sierra Leone and Liberia, while supporting the Guinean effort as we are able, should be the next step for PIH and its partners.