The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequity of health systems around the world, disproportionately impacting people of color, the poor, and historically marginalized communities.
COVID-19’s toll has also forced a reckoning: we are all part of a global network, and until everyone is protected, no one is protected.
PIH Answers the Call
At Partners In Health, we’ve been working alongside community members in hard-hit regions around the world for more than 30 years, seeking to halt deadly disease outbreaks -- from Ebola in West Africa to cholera in Haiti to HIV in Rwanda -- while reinforcing more just and robust public health systems that provide access to care for all.
When COVID-19 spread globally in early 2020, PIH responded to calls for assistance from health ministries, local administrators, and clinicians overwhelmed by this latest health emergency. Since then, we have worked with our partners to help fill crucial gaps, such as:
Strengthening contact tracing in Mexico
Assisting the government of Lesotho in establishing an oxygen plant
Training contact tracers in Navajo Nation
Expanding contact tracing and connection of patients to resources across Massachusetts
Now, as we grapple with surging caseloads around the world, we are assisting with vaccine rollout plans to ensure the equitable distribution of new, lifesaving vaccines, guaranteeing affordability, and accessibility for all.
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A Focus on Equity
PIH’s equity-centered approach fuses the pragmatic with the idealistic: we help people in the most need by delivering the highest quality health care and support.
This focus on social justice guides our collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, whose officials asked us to help build a statewide contact tracing program to slow the virus’ spread.
Partnering with local health departments, contact tracers have made hundreds of thousands of calls reaching individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 and their contacts.
Advise cases and contacts on:
Connect them to:
We’ve done this while ensuring care reaches those most in need and hardest hit by the virus, including communities of color, immigrants, and the working poor.Learn more
New U.S. Effort
We believe the COVID-19 crisis offers an inflection point in the United States -- a moment to reimagine what kind of health system everyone needs and deserves, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, or income.
To that end, PIH has mobilized and deployed the US Public Health Accompaniment Unit to assist our partners in regions hardest hit by COVID-19. We are currently assisting 15 U.S. sites.
Our 15 locations:
- Baltimore, Maryland
- The State of California
- Fulton County, Georgia
- Harris County, Texas
- The State of Illinois
- Immokalee, Florida
- The State of Maine
- Montgomery, Alabama
- Navajo Nation
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York City, New York
- The State of North Carolina
- The State of Ohio
- Pima County, Arizona
- Toronto, Canada
This work is always in response to our partners’ needs, whether it’s training contact tracers, launching public education campaigns, or supporting the equitable delivery of vaccines.
To bolster this approach, we’ve built a Resource Library for public health officials, policy makers, and community leaders to access a range of resources, new research, and data that capture PIH and partners’ lessons learned. And our Learning Collaborative is a growing community of 100+ members across 30 states who meet regularly to share and develop best practices in this fluid and fast-changing landscape.Learn More
Led by medical expertise and compassion, we are accompanying our colleagues through one of the most dire public health challenges of our time. Yet we have good reason to remain hopeful; we’ve been here before and can see the path forward. Based on this experience, our COVID-19 response is built on four main pillars:
1. Protect patients, communities, and staff against COVID-19 through the initiation of safe testing, triage, and isolation at PIH-supported health facilities;
2. Provide dignified, high-quality treatment for people with COVID-19, and all patients at PIH-supported facilities;
3. Accompany public sector colleagues in their response at each care delivery site and advocate for long-term health systems funding globally and equitable vaccine distribution;
4. Mobilize strong contact tracing systems with local partners or via PIH’s network of skilled community health workers.
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