At PIH’s Fifteenth Annual Thomas J. White Symposium in 2008, a young man from Burundi took the podium. “The fight for global health has started,” he told the rapt audience. “And it won’t be won if only one organization like Partners In Health is in the running, without [other organizations] branching off. It will be won by an army of compassionate people who think globally like PIH people.”
The movement to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care continues to grow, and it wouldn't be possible without the following organizations, which are working with local communities and governments to create change. Partners In Health is proud to count these groups as Partner Projects, projects that are working to implement the PIH model across the globe.
El Equipo de Apoyo en Salud y Educación Comunitaria (EAPSEC, The Team for the Support of Community Health and Education) was established in 1985 by a small group of Mexican health promoters. Over the past two decades, the EAPSEC has partnered with dozens of indigenous and rural communities throughout Chiapas to develop local health capacity.
Equipo Técnico de Educación en Salud Comunitaria (ETESC, Technical Team for Education in Community Health) is a community non-profit that seeks to revitalize and repair the social fabric in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Strategies for structural and care-based change include legal accompaniment, health care access and promotion, and HIV education for students.
Guided by the belief that health care is a human right, Hope Through Health (HTH) provides critical services in Togo, where there are only four physicians and 19 nurses per 100,000 people. HTH works with Togo's under-resourced public sector to support community-based initiatives that expand access to health care. HTH currently supports comprehensive health care services through five health center sites in northern Togo.
Nyaya Health works with the Nepali Ministry of Health to develop health care services in the impoverished western regions of the country. Nyaya’s mission is two-fold: to develop health care capacity and to provide free community-based healthcare in rural Nepal; and to establish and disseminate a scalable model of health care delivery in other regions affected by poverty, isolation, war, and neglect.
Project Muso Ladamunen (The Project for the Empowered Woman) aims to solve health crises at their roots by addressing and transforming the violent conditions of poverty and gender inequality that cause disease. Project Muso integrates health care delivery with microfinance, community organizing, and participatory education programs in Yirimadjo, Mali.
Last Mile Health--formerly known as Tiyatien Health--is a social justice organization that works in partnership with communities in rural southeastern Liberia and the Liberian government. Last Mile Health works specifically to promote equality by advancing health care services and the fundamental rights of the poor, including equal access to treatment for HIV.
Village Health Works (VHW) was formed to bring high-quality health care to the rural Burundi community of Kigutu, as well as to address the root of the village's poor health--poverty. The Kigutu Health Center provides clinical services to the community, focusing on primary care, pediatrics, and women's health.