Frequently Asked Questions

Does PIH train health and administrative personnel from other organizations?

We are actively increasing our training capacity at our sites in Haiti, Peru, and Rwanda and are in the process of expanding our offerings for both internal and external personnel. We are also exploring online learning options so as to be able to share our experiences with as broad an audience as possible.

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I would like to work for PIH. Do you have any job openings?

All open positions are posted in the Join the Team section of this website. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, PIH is not able to acknowledge receipt of your application. We will contact you only if your application is selected for additional review.

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I would like to intern/volunteer with PIH. Where can I find out about such opportunities?

All internships and volunteer positions are by application only. View a list of current volunteer positions or visit our internship page for more information.

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, PIH is not able to acknowledge receipt of your application. We will contact you only if your application is selected for additional review. Aside from a limited number of postings at Socios En Salud in Peru, PIH generally does not recruit volunteers for overseas work; whenever possible, we work with members of the communities we serve in order to expand local skills and knowledge as well as to ensure sustainability. If you are interested in overseas work, we encourage you to explore opportunities at other organizations; www.idealist.org is one of many excellent web and print resources.

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I’d like to use PIH photos in a publication or at an event. How can I obtain permission and publication quality copies of your images?

We are pleased to share our materials with you as long as PIH’s authorship is properly acknowledged. Please contact Andrew Marx, Director of Communications, for additional information.

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Does PIH hold public events that I can attend?

PIH’s annual Thomas J. White Symposium, typically held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the early fall, is our flagship event. Please check the events section for a regularly updated calendar of public appearances by PIHers worldwide.

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What is the PIH Partners Circle?

The Partners Circle recognizes donors who give $1,000 or more to PIH's annual fund for operating expenses. Members of the Partners Circle share a common commitment to PIH’s mission and provide vital funding for our programs.

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Can I donate to PIH in a currency other than U.S. dollars?

You can donate to PIH in a currency other than U.S. dollars by making on online credit card contribution. The credit card company will automatically convert your gift to U.S. dollars. PIH is registered as a U.S. charity and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Does PIH accept bequests and planned gifts?

Supporting Partners In Health by making a planned gift will ensure that our work will continue well into the future. Planned gifts provide a unique way for donors to fulfill charitable and personal financial objectives at the same time. Click here to learn about new tax incentives for making IRA gifts in 2006/2007 or other gift planning options.

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Can I make a gift of stock to PIH?

Donations of appreciated securities may allow you to avoid tax liability while receiving a deduction for your charitable contribution. Shares of stock may be delivered to PIH in one of two ways, via electronic transfer or through mail delivery. To obtain further information on making a gift of securities to Partners In Health or to receive instructions to make an electronic transfer, please complete this online form.

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Can I make a donation to PIH in honor or memory of someone?

A special memorial/honorary donation is available if you wish to make a donation as a way of paying tribute to someone special. You can dedicate a donation to a friend or family member online (please select from the drop-down menu on the right column indicating "Honor Someone with Your Contribution") or by printing this paper form. Instructions for how to fill out the check and where to mail it are included on the form.

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Can PIH accept a matching gift from my company?

Many companies encourage charitable giving among their employees through matching gift programs. Partners In Health is thankful for the additional support received through matching gifts. Contact your company’s Human Resource office to learn more and determine if your employer matches contributions to PIH. A matching gift from a participating employer may double or even triple your contribution. For more information, please contact Kristin Hubing – [email protected].

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Can I make a donation to PIH through this website?

You can donate to PIH through the website by going to our Donate Online page. Online donations are processed using a secure server.

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How much of PIH’s budget goes to program activities?

Audited accounts for 2005 indicate that 94 percent of PIH's total expenditures went to program activities and medicines. Administration and development accounted for the remaining 6 percent. This compares favorably with other nonprofits working in the field of health, which on average budget 79 percent of their expenditures for program activities and 21 percent for administration and fundraising.

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How much money does PIH raise? Where does this money come from?

PIH’s income in 2005 totaled more than $36 million. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and dozens of U.S. corporations, foundations, academic institutions, and other organizations support PIH each year. We also receive funding and commodities from U.S. and other governmental agencies and from multilateral bodies such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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How has the publication and success of Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains affected PIH?

We have been utterly stunned by the positive response, worldwide, to Mountains Beyond Mountains. We are enormously grateful that the book has helped bring new attention and resources to bear on global health issues. We are especially gratified that so many students, in particular, have been galvanized to pursue social justice issues in their home communities as well as nationally and internationally, as a result of reading Mountains Beyond Mountains.

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Where is PIH located? In what countries do you work?

We are headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. PIH works in poor communities in the Caribbean (Haiti, the Dominican Republic), Latin America (Peru, Mexico, Guatemala), Africa (Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi), the United States (Greater Boston), Russia and Kazakhstan.

Our mailing address is:
Partners In Health
888 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
United States of America
Telephone +1 (617) 432-5256
Fax +1 (617) 432-5300

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I’m a member of the press and would like to do a story on Partners In Health.

Please contact Andrew Marx, Director of Communications.

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What kinds of research does PIH undertake at its sites?

Both our service delivery in impoverished settings and our advocacy on behalf of the destitute sick are reinforced by research that documents the need, monitors the impact, and demonstrates the benefits of our model of care. PIH staff actively publish in the scholarly literature on topics relating to health, human rights, anthropology, political economy, history, public health, and epidemiology. Our research activities are conducted under the aegis of Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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What is an accompagnateur?

Accompagnateurs, or community health workers, are the backbone of PIH’s community-based model of health care. Settings boasting few physicians and nurses are often those that have a large number of underutilized community health workers. They and other underemployed persons and traditional healers alike have expressed interest in being trained to “accompany” their neighbors living with AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases. In PIH projects, accompagnateurs observe the ingestion of pills and respond to patient and family concerns; for these services, they receive a modest stipend and ongoing training in the importance of observing therapy daily, recognizing symptoms of illness or side effects of medications, and maintaining patient confidentiality. Most importantly, accompagnateurs provide emotional support to patients and help physicians and nurses improve adherence to treatment, prolong patient survival, minimize rates of developed drug resistance, and maintain contact with dispersed communities living far from the clinic or hospital. More information about PIH’s community-based model of health care can be found here.

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What is “a preferential option for the poor”?

Although PIH is a secular organization not affiliated with, motivated by, or espousing any particular religious ideology, we find the concept of “a preferential option for the poor” to be a powerful moral imperative. The concept stems from Catholic social teaching and signifies a special concern in distributive justice for poor and vulnerable persons. The “poor” includes but is not limited to those who are economically deprived. The concept of “a preferential option for the poor” challenges us to be advocates for the voiceless and powerless among us. Those who are in any way and for any reason deprived, marginalized, or vulnerable have a special moral claim on the community. As a matter of both justice and charity, we must put in place structures and systems to address and meet their needs, so that they might participate more fully in the common good and thereby flourish more fully as human persons.

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