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Community health workers are central to our work. Every day, they make house calls, traveling many miles to see patients in their homes. They ensure patients have medication and they guide them through the difficulties of illness and treatment. Health workers embody PIH's ethos to support patients however we can to help them get well.
Peru: Study Aims to Reveal How TB Spreads
Scientists have long debated the dynamics of how tuberculosis spreads in people, including whether MDR-TB is as likely to spread as drug-sensitive TB. Epidemiologists behind the Peru study, which followed 18,500 people for several years, hope that answering this question will better equip public health professionals to stop tuberculosis in all its forms.
Delivering Interventions, Aid to Family’s Door
Zamanta Huarcaya Tamani was not a typical toddler. Unlike other children her age born without a developmental disability, she didn't babble or wander haphazardly around the house. Thanks to a new program launched by Socios en Salud, Partners In Health's sister organization based in Lima, Peru, a community health worker has been visiting Zamanta's home to train her parents in age-appropriate activities for their daughter. After 12 such training sessions, Zamanta's parents have helped her learn to walk and talk. This is her story.
Dr. Paul Farmer: Who Lives and Who Dies
Dr. Paul Farmer writes on the inequities of healthcare funding in "Who Lives and Who Dies," published February 5, 2015, in the London Review of Books.
‘PIH Healed My Disease—and My Hunger’
Daphroza Nyiranzoga reflects on her experiences as a patient working with PIH's team in Rwanda.
World AIDS Day: Lessons from HIV
In the 2013 Shattuck Lecture, Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer argues that the true barrier to HIV treatment for poor people was a lack of funding, not the difficulty of delivering treatment. We look back at the HIV Equity Initiative in Haiti, which provided evidence for a model to make HIV treatment available to millions of people worldwide.
Community Health Worker Program Expands in Mexico
PIH Mexico is expanding its community health worker program to serve more communities—and studying the results.
Knocking on Doors: An Interview with PIH’s Director in Peru
Dr. Leonid Lecca, executive director of Socios En Salud, PIH’s sister organization in Peru, talks about his work as the organization celebrates its 18th anniversary this week.
In Lesotho, A New Level of Accompaniment
In Lesotho, PIH and the Ministry of Health are working together to implement a national reform of the health system.
‘Race to the Top’: Competition Aims for Quality Care in Rwanda
“‘Race to the Top’ encourages health center teams to work hard, concentrate their efforts toward reaching specific targets related to district priorities, and develop innovative approaches to overcoming challenges,” says Dr. Evrard Nahimana, Kirehe District’s clinical director.