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.
EAPSEC / MEXICO
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.
ETESC / GUATEMALA
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.
Through our partnership with Justice Resource Institute, the Boston-based PACT Project serves HIV patients and provides technical assistance to other health care organizations. The PACT project transitioned to JRI Health, a division of the Justice Resource Institute, in July 2013. One of the largest human service agencies in Massachusetts with more than 40 years of experience, JRI continues serving PACT’s Boston-area patients while devising ways to implement similar health care programs across the United States.
Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. Possible is pioneering a new approach, called durable healthcare, that brings together the best of private, public, and philanthropic models. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 167,000 patients in rural Nepal through government hospitals, clinics, community health workers, and a referral network.
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, known as Tiyatien Health in Liberia, saves lives in the world's most remote villages by recruiting, training, and supervising high-performing community health workers. Last Mile Health currently works in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, and plans to scale its innovative Frontline Health Worker model to 10 additional health districts by 2017 in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Health.
Wellbody Alliance trains community health workers to reach patients in Kono District, Sierra Leone. The organization also runs primary care clinics to meet the needs of the community for maternal health, child health, the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, and chronic disease management.
Village Health Works 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.