Zanmi Lasante, Partners In Health’s sister organization, is PIH’s flagship project—the oldest, largest, most ambitious, and most replicated. PIH/ZL operates clinics and hospitals at 12 sites across Haiti’s Central Plateau and lower Artibonite.
Today, Zanmi Lasante is the largest nongovernment health care provider in Haiti, serving an area of 1.3 million people with a staff of 5,400 Haitians.
• 2.8 million patient encounters
• 13,784 children received educational assistance
• 11,900 HIV-positive patients on treatment
• Nearly 80,000 pregnant women seen in antenatal clinics
• 1,700 new tuberculosis patients began treatment
• Treated nearly 20,000 patients for cholera since 2011
PIH/ZL pioneered the use of accompagnateurs (community health workers) to deliver quality health care to people living with chronic diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis. In 1998, PIH/ZL launched the world’s first program to provide free, comprehensive HIV care and treatment in an impoverished setting. PIH's HIV Equity Initiative is now a global model for the treatment of complex diseases in community settings.
To truly treat someone living with HIV, tuberculosis, or any number of other diseases, it’s vital to address the root causes of those conditions. That’s why PIH/ZL supports dozens of schools, hundreds of farms, housing and water projects throughout the region, and a facility that produces Nourimanba, a peanut and vitamin supplement for treating malnourished children.
University Hospital in Mirebalais
After opening services in phases in 2013, this 205,000-square foot, 300-bed facility offers a level of care never before available at a public facility in Haiti. And at a time when Haiti desperately needs skilled professionals, University Hospital in Mirebalais is providing high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses, medical students, and resident physicians. Learn more about University Hospital in Mirebalais.
The January 12, 2010, earthquake
When a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, PIH/ZL responded quickly and effectively, providing care to hundreds of thousands who fled to Haiti’s Central Plateau and Artibonite regions and establishing four health outposts in Port-au-Prince. PIH/ZL also ramped up mental health and psychosocial programs, farming initiatives, and education projects.
Haiti’s cholera epidemic
Since the earthquake, at least 744,000 people across Haiti have become sick from cholera and more than 8,800 have died. In response, ZL built and staffed treatment centers and launched a large-scale community health intervention. In partnership with the Haitian government and the Haitian nongovernmental organization GHESKIO, PIH also launched the country’s first cholera vaccination campaign, which targeted 100,000 vulnerable people. Learn more about our cholera response.