Malawian Med Student: ‘Global Health Brought Out the Activist in Me’
Chronic malnutrition affects 44 percent of children in rural Chiapas--a rate that's six times the national average in Mexico. Compaňeros En Salud (CES), Partners In Health’s sister organization in Mexico, and Heifer International are collaborating on a two-year pilot program that gives 15 chickens to families who have a chronically malnourished child under five. The chickens produce eggs that inject necessary protein into these children's diet. Whatever the families don't eat, they sell for extra cash to buy other nutritious foods they couldn't otherwise afford. One year in, CES and Heifer are seeing positive results.
Senior Community Health Worker Betty J. John checks on her high-risk patients near Shonto, Arizona.
Zanmi Lasante, Partners In Health's sister organization in Haiti, created its own water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program to promote behavioral change and support the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure at ZL and government-supported clinics, hospitals, and schools. WASH is part of a nationwide effort to eliminate cholera, which has sickened 745,500 people and caused nearly 9,000 deaths since October 2010.
Mónica Córdoba received the Lucida Salcido national nursing prize in April for her years of service in the remote, rural community of Capitán in Chiapas. Nadia Sanchez, a social service doctor working with Compaňeros En Salud, Partners In Health's sister organization in Mexico, nominated her for the prize and says she has learned many lessons from the seasoned nurse since arriving in the community last August.
Listen as Ophelia Dahl, chair of Partners In Health’s board and former executive director, tells the story of PIH’s involvement in Rwanda and some of its successes over the last decade. PIH and its sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima, work in partnership with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.