DIGITAL ANNUAL REPORT
Partners In Health is excited to share our first-ever digital annual report – an update on our critical work around the world and in the U.S., as we call for health care as a human right and deliver care rooted in social justice. This report is divided into four chapters: responding to COVID-19, building equitable health systems, delivering social support and creating systemic change.Learn more
Dr. Paul Farmer co-founded Partners In Health in 1987.
Photo by John Ra / PIH
The most important response? Expert mercy. To be effective, outbreak responses must be merciful and humane.
Dr. Sheila Davis, CEO of Partners In Health
Photo by Zack DeClerck / PIH
It’s embedded in our mission to go where we’re needed most, find solutions when there seem to be none, and accompany our communities as long as necessary. Your commitment to health equity worldwide is a fundamental part of that accompaniment.
Around the world this year, PIH teams have mobilized in response to COVID-19, supporting screening, testing, care, safe quarantine, and social support to fight the pandemic and help communities stay healthy and safe.Play video
PIH staff screen patients for COVID-19 in Kono, Sierra Leone.
PIH staff provide rapid COVID-19 tests to residents in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Maxo Luma carries COVID-19 test kits into the Ministry of Health in Monrovia, Liberia.
Dr. Doris Altuzar (left) trains a nurse on managing triage areas in Chiapas, Mexico.
screenings conducted by PIH staff globally for people with COVID-19 symptoms from March through July 2020
community health workers trained through July 2020 in COVID-19 protocols to safely monitor patients and ensure access to care
From Haiti to Rwanda to Navajo Nation, PIH teams have helped national and local governments manage busy, high-traffic borders to control the spread of COVID-19 and support safe quarantines.
PIH staff helped screen truck drivers for COVID-19 along a busy Rwandan border.
Trucks line up for cleaning near the Rwanda - Tanzania border.
migrants tested for COVID-19 at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border from April through July 2020
N-95 masks, 5,000 gloves, and 7 pallets of personal protective equipment (PPE) delivered to Indian Health Service as of May, thanks to COPE, PIH’s sister organization on Navajo Nation
In April, PIH brought its decades of experience in global epidemic response to Boston, partnering with the government to launch the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative.
Dr. Joia Mukherjee, PIH’s chief medical officer, discusses contact tracing at the State House.
outbound calls made
of all cases reached, and 79% of all their contacts
social support referrals made to care resource coordinators
As PIH made national news for its Massachusetts partnership to fight COVID-19, other state and local governments reached out for help – and the U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit was born. Similar to PIH’s work around the world, the U.S. accompaniment unit is designed to help the most marginalized communities, such as migrant workers in Immokalee, Florida.
Systemic inequities in Immokalee, Florida, have weakened its ability to respond to crises like COVID-19.
From a new emergency care facility in Liberia to a new pediatric development clinic in Rwanda, PIH teams put shovels in the ground and programs in place this year, making lasting changes to public health systems.
Viola Karanja (right), deputy executive director for PIH Liberia, joins a groundbreaking in Maryland County.
University Hospital in Mirebalais earned landmark accreditation as a teaching institution.The hospital was built with PIH’s support as a response to the devastating earthquake in 2010. It has since transformed health care for more than 1 million people across Haiti’s Central Plateau.
PIH-supported University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, received formal accreditation from an international oversight group.
Dr. Jean Jimmy Plantin is one of the 123 graduates of University Hospital’s medical education program.
residents graduated since the start of the hospital’s medical education program.
of graduates have remained to work in Haiti, including 60% at facilities supported by Zanmi Lasante, PIH’s sister organization in Haiti.
At Kirehe District Hospital in Rwanda, PIH supported the construction of a new pediatric development clinic, where staff care for babies born with complications and provide education and support for new parents. The program also turns to local mothers for expertise, hiring them to help train new mothers in breastfeeding techniques, evaluation of health risks, and other parenting skills.
Mothers exchange parenting skills at the new pediatric development clinic in Rwanda.
Russia and Kazakhstan have long struggled with some of the highest burdens in the world for tuberculosis, including its more severe, drug-resistant variants. This year, PIH has revived its work in Russia through the Zero TB Initiative, an alliance working to rapidly drive down TB, one community at a time. In Kazakhstan, our clinicians continue to provide care and treatment for patients enrolled in a groundbreaking clinical trial for the endTB partnership, a multi-year, international effort to fight the world’s deadliest infectious disease.
Nataliya Sidorenko, a PIH nurse in Russia, visits Alexander, who was cured of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Health care is a human right – that belief is fundamental to PIH and our work around the world. Making that vision a reality means providing patients the care and support they need to recover and remain healthy.
Treatment Supporter Malerotha Mafata (right) visits with Puleng Souru, an MDR-TB patient, in Maseru, Lesotho.
In Navajo Nation, lack of access to clean, potable water is a constant threat to public health, as many families are forced to turn to sugary drinks or other unhealthy choices that are cheaper than bottled water. This year, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, PIH’s sister organization in Navajo Nation, launched Water is K'é – a campaign to promote access, awareness, and education about clean water.
Marcy Martinez and her daughter work in their garden in Ramah, N.M.
convenience stores and trading posts have participated in the Healthy Navajo Stores Initiative to provide healthy food options.
people from more than 500 families enrolled in the Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program since the program started.
In Neno District, Malawi, district health records from 2019 showed zero cases of sexual or gender-based violence. But no one working in health care in the rural, mountainous district believed that to be true. And when PIH staff began talking about how to strengthen services for survivors, nearly every health worker could think of a story. That’s why this year, PIH launched No Woman or Girl Left Behind – a program to improve quality of care for survivors and to strengthen Malawi’s health system.
Two women rest in the maternal waiting home at a PIH-supported hospital in Malawi.
As we reflect on the challenges and triumphs of the past year, we look toward the future – grounded by our vision of a world where no one lacks access to quality health care and committed to finding innovative solutions to age-old problems.
Cathy Conteh of Koidu Government Hospital listens to mental health staff serving Kono, Sierra Leone.
Advocacy is vital to PIH’s efforts to improve public health systems. We’ve urged governments to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and safe isolation measures that are rooted in equity and account for the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color due to centuries of systemic racism. PIH Engage, our network of volunteer community organizers, held more than 100 constituent meetings with congressional offices, directly influencing a relief bill raised in the U.S. House of Representatives. We advocate for an intersectional approach with our partners, connecting the growing right to health movement to racial justice, anti-detention work, and more.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color across the U.S. because of long-standing systemic racism.
meetings, 700 calls, and 500 letters or emails to Congress were made by PIH Engage team members.
PIH Engage teams with 600+ members participated in global advocacy campaigns to dedicate U.S. funding to fight curable and preventable diseases, such as malaria and TB, and advance Universal Health Care.
When Matankiso and Moholi Moleko learned in 2018 that three members of their family—two of their daughters and one granddaughter—had been diagnosed with a severe form of tuberculosis, they were devastated. They had already lost three of their 10 children to TB. But now, thanks to the support of PIH Lesotho, all three family members are healthy and in recovery, having received treatment at PIH-supported Botšabelo Hospital as part of endTB, a PIH-led, global partnership designed to increase access to new TB drugs and develop less toxic, more effective treatment regimens. Matankiso said these days, when the entire family gathers, the biggest problem they have is a happy one: “When they are all home for holidays, there is nowhere to sit, because it is so crowded.”
Tseleng Matsuma and her father, Moholi Moleko, are TB survivors in Lesotho.
In fiscal year 2020, PIH received $217.2 million in revenue, a 36% increase over fiscal year 2019, which was primarily driven by COVID-19 response efforts. Fiscal year 2020 revenue was comprised of $132.3 million from individuals and family foundations (61% of total revenue), $45.1 million from governments and multilateral organizations (21% of total revenue), and $29.5 million from foundations and corporations (14% of total revenue). In addition, PIH received $7.5 million in gifts in kind and contributed services, and $2.9 million in other income (4% of total revenue).
PIH expenses increased from $151.1 million in fiscal year 2019 to $174.6 million in fiscal year 2020. In fiscal year 2020, 90% of funds were for direct program costs and 10% went to fundraising and administration.
PIH ended fiscal year 2020 with a $42.6 million operating surplus.
Partners In Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a Massachusetts public charity. The programmatic work of PIH is guided by our Leadership Council, overseen by the Board of Directors and supported by the Officers and leaders in our cross-site management team.