Dr. Jonas Rigodon worked for many years for Zanmi Lasante in Haiti before becoming a leader at APZU in Malawi. After the recent earthquake, he temporarily returned to Haiti to help Zanmi Lasante with relief efforts.



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The ability of Zanmi Lasante--PIH's partner organization in Haiti--to effectively take action on the ground immediately following the recent earthquake speaks to over 20 years of work building up medical infrastructure, comprehensive programs, and partnerships within local communities. Which is exactly what Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU)--PIH's partner organization in Malawi--is now working to achieve, with some help from Zanmi Lasante.

On March 13, 2010, watch a piece about APZU's work on Alvin’s Guide to Good Business on BBC World. Featuring an interview with former Zanmi Lasante physician Jonas Rigodon, who has traveled from Haiti to help lead APZU. The interview highlights the shared philosophy and programming of PIH's projects in Haiti, Malawi, and other sites around the world.

The segment will also focus on one of the APZU programs directly modeled after a Zanmi Lasante initiative--the Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER), which works to address the poverty affecting so many of our patients. Replacing crumbling mud huts with modest but solid houses with cement floors and metal roofs; ensuring that children have the needed supplies and school fees to attend school; and providing job training and employment opportunities to help patients pull themselves out of poverty, are just some of the projects organized by POSER.

Alvin's Guide to Good Business, produced by RockhopperTV, follows finance guru Alvin Hall as he visits a different social entrepreneur each week, probing their business model, examining the potential impact of their work, and exploring the challenges to scaling their innovation.

The episode airs on BBC World in the U.S. and internationally. It can also be viewed online--Watch the episode below:


Alvin's Guide to Good Business, produced by RockhopperTV, follows finance guru Alvin Hall as he visits a different social entrepreneur each week, probing their business model, examining the potential impact of their work, and exploring the challenges to scaling their innovation.

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