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Right on song: the rebuilding of Haiti

One pound, dollar, or euro from each ticket we've sold since 2007 has gone to organizations that work in Haiti, chiefly Partners in Health. In Haiti, PIH and its sister organization Zanmi Lasante ("Partners In Health" in Creole) employs more than 5,000 Haitians. There are some non-Haitian employees and foreign volunteers – visiting orthopedic surgeons, engineers – but the vast majority of the doctors and nurses are Haitian, as are the construction workers, janitors, community health workers, secretaries and so on.

Medical Humanitarianism: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Dr. Paul Farmer will present two talks at USC at the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus on Tuesday October 18, 2011. Dr. Farmer is a medical anthropologist, physician and founding director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct healthcare services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

AIDS at 30

Over the past three decades, it’s been estimated that 25 million people have died of the pandemic and another 33 million are currently living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. We’ll look back at the progress of understanding AIDS and what may be next for combating the disease. Guests include Dr. Joia Mukherjee, since 2000, she has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical non-profit

HIV Solution: Decentralized Treatment & Patient Empowerment

At the core of successful health programs are powerful community systems. Whether they are strong local governments or community-based organizations these types of community centered systems keep health programs focused on serving people and meeting needs in ways that will be most effective for the community. The “community health worker” (CHW) model has been popularized by organizations such as Partners in Health that work in communities in developing countries.

Chronic Disease Hitting Growing Economies Hard

Cancer and heart disease have long been considered problems of the rich world, taking a back seat in poorer countries struggling under the burden of infectious diseases like HIV and malaria. Sara Sutlac, who works with Partners in Health in Rwanda, said she has seen cancer patients who were sent from doctor to doctor without being given a diagnosis, even when presenting with large tumors.

Arcade Fire Sweat It Out With ‘Epic’ Festival Set at Bonnaroo 2011

Arcade Fire played new songs like 'Rococo' and the encore 'Sprawl II' off their latest award-wining album 'The Suburbs.' He also plugged Partners In Health, a non-profit that provides medical aid to the earthquake-devastated country.

Boston-based architecture firm unveils plans for a new healthcare and education centre in Haiti

Shepley Bulfinch has just revealed plans for a new rehabilitation hospital and education centre in St. Marc, Haiti. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health attended the unveiling, referring to the project as the ‘fruit of the partnership model’ from which PIH takes its name.

FACE AIDS chapter raises $21k

Students in Matt Cone’s Global Issues class at Carrboro High School formed a FACE AIDS chapter that held a FACE AIDS walk April 20, which raised $21,000 to improve the quality of life for people living in Rwanda. The students started the organization after learning about Paul Farmer’s organization, Partners In Health.

Business Models in Global Health: Village Health Works

Village Health Works not only provides free healthcare to the community, but aims to address the social determinants of ill health in a dignified manner. Since its founding, its clinic has treated over 40,000 patients, built a safe water supply to the area, established projects on food security, education, employment and economic development. Village Health Works is supported by its impressive list of partners and advisors, including Partners In Health.

Activists and Researchers: Evidence Shows We Can End the AIDS Epidemic

An international coalition of scientists and activists today launched a common platform for ending the AIDS epidemic. "As at so many other critical points in the epidemic, we have the opportunity now to use the fruits of science and research to show the way forward,” says Paul Farmer, Harvard University Professor and co-founder of Partners In Health. “Putting more people on AIDS treatment will save lives and prevent new infections, and will also help build and strengthen platforms for delivering comprehensive health services in resource-poor settings.”

AIDS brings out best, worst in us

For most of the developed world, there was a sense that the HIV/AIDS was slowly coming under control -- fewer new infections and people living longer, healthier lives. This health care gap only widened as the third decade of AIDS progressed. Paul Farmer was perhaps most adept at galvanizing a generation of young medical professionals around the struggle for human rights and social justice. He did this by aligning our motivation to treat those with HIV with the goals of addressing the social determinants of poor health both in the U.S. and abroad.

New strategy unveiled to curb Haiti’s cholera outbreak

In a plan unveiled on 31 May in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a team led by Paul Farmer, chief of the division of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a founder of Partners In Health, called for improved case detection, more aggressive treatment strategies and cleaner public water supplies to curb the spread of the disease.

Cholera’s Challenge To Haiti And The World-Added

In a viewpoint article published on May 31st in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a coalition of medical and public health researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, led by Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners In Health and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, argue that a universal vaccination campaign is essential to ending the crisis.

PIH documentary receives funding from Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

Films funded through the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund examine larger issues through engaging stories including the story of a remarkable public health charity operating in the world's poorest countries. The grantees projects include the story of Partners In Health, a remarkable public health charity operating in the world's poorest countries PIH's controversial founders, including Dr. Paul Farmer are larger-than-life heroes, fighting to change the way the world cares for the poorest among us, by insisting on healthcare as an inalienable human right.

Cholera’s challenge to Haiti and the world

In a viewpoint article published on May 31st in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a coalition of medical and public health researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, led by Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners In Health and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, argue that a universal vaccination campaign is essential to ending the crisis.

Hospital of Mirebalais completed to more than 50%, opening early 2012

The PIH/ZL-MSPP Teaching Hospital of Mirebalais, a major public health services and medical training facility in Haiti's Central Plateau, is quickly moving toward completion, having passed the 50 percent completion point this May.

Teaching Hospital on Haiti’s Central Plateau Over 50 Percent Complete: Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasa

Teaching Hospital of Mirebalais, a major public health services and medical training facility in Haiti's Central Plateau approved by the Board of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) in August 2010, is quickly moving toward completion, having passed the 50 percent completion point this May.

Embrace The Idea of ‘Accompaniment,’ Paul Farmer Tells Kennedy School Grads

While we’re highlighting inspirational commencement speakers, here’s Paul Farmer, the renowned doctor and co-founder of the humanitarian group Partners In Health, telling graduates of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to embrace the notion of “accompaniment” in their future endeavors, The Harvard Crimson reports.

NASCAR’s Gordon donating $1.5M to cancer treatment

Jeff Gordon's charitable foundation has committed to donate $1.5 million over three years to help children fight cancer in Africa. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation announced this week it will team up with Partners In Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to develop a comprehensive program in Rwanda. The funding will help with prevention, diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and follow-up care for kids in one of Africa's most densely populated country.

More than Just a Hobby: What Harvard can do to advance global health

In the fall of 1984, newly arrived to Harvard Medical School after a year volunteering in a rudimentary clinic in central Haiti, I knew I wanted to work in what was then called “international health.” Even then, it was obvious that Haiti needed not only improved infrastructure and personnel but also new ways of delivering services. With the help of friends, the NGO Partners In Health was founded to help build delivery systems in Haiti and elsewhere.

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