For Advocates

Students support PIH's work for Haiti at the annual Urban Walk for Haiti in Cambridge, MA.

Becoming an activist for social justice and health care can be one of the most powerful ways to help PIH. One person at a time, one community at a time, we can build a movement together. Here are some places to start.

  • Connect with PIH
  • Join an activist organization
  • Organize an event
  • Resources

    Connect with PIH

    The PIH e-Bulletin is a great way to learn more about PIH's programs and the issues we work with. Sign up to get monthly updates and read past issues.

    The Students for PIH listserv provides a forum for students who are committed to raising awareness about inequalities, pursuing careers in global health, and promoting social justice. It’s a space to ask questions, share ideas, exchange information, and motivate others. Join here.

    Join an activist organization

    Here are some other organizations that are also working on social justice causes:

    • Equal Justice Initiative: EJI provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. The organization litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. Learn more at
    • FACE AIDS: This organization works to mobilize and inspire students to fight AIDS in Africa and provide a means of income generation for HIV patients. Please visit for more information about how to join a chapter near you.
    • Global Health Corps: This organization works to connect young leaders with organizations on the front lines (including PIH) that promote global health equity. Learn more at
    • GlobeMed: A non-profit organization that mobilizes university students in a movement to improve global health. Its student-driven network includes over 300 members at 13 university chapters. Learn more at
    • Health GAP (Global Access Project): This organization is dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more at
    • Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti: IJDH's mission is to work with the people of Haiti for the return and consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights. The work focuses on distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad. Find out more at
    • Jubilee USA Network: This network brings together people to turn a disparate reality around by active solidarity with partners worldwide, targeted and timely advocacy strategies and educational outreach. Find out how you can help at
    • Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders): MSF is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. Learn more at
    • RESULTS: This grassroots advocacy organization is committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. RESULTS is committed to individuals exercising their personal and political power by lobbying elected officials for effective solutions and key policies that affect hunger and poverty. Find out more at
    • Student Global AIDS Campaign: SGAC is a national movement with more than 85 chapters at high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States committed to bringing an end to HIV and AIDS in the U.S. and around the world through education, informed advocacy, media work, and direct action. Visit this organization at
    • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines: UAEM works to determine how universities can help ensure that biomedical end products, such as drugs, are made more accessible in poor countries; and works to increase the amount of research conducted on neglected diseases, or those diseases predominantly affecting people who are too poor to constitute a market attractive to private-sector R&D investment. Visit for more information.

    Organize an event

    Interested in organizing an event to raise money and awareness for PIH or for a social justice cause? Here are some suggestions: (for organizing an event on a college campus for PIH, please click here)

    1. Decide what kind of event you wish to hold. You can host a panel discussion with professors and local professionals in the public health and international development field focusing on topics such as global health, international trade, poverty, etc. Alternatively you could host a movie night featuring a film such as A Closer Walk, followed by a short 10-minute DVD about PIH. Book clubs, athletic competitions, concerts, walks, and other creative events are excellent ways to raise funds. If you wish to specifically organize a fundraising event for PIH, please read.

    2. Register a space, time, and date to hold your event. College campuses, churches, and local pubs have been popular venues in the past.

    3. Invite speakers, musicians and other performing groups to take part in the event.

    4. Register your event in PIH's online events calendar:

    5. Advertise your event. Flyers at a local store or restaurants, alerting local community groups and schools, and posting on community calendars and listservs have all been successful in the past.

    6. Contact local businesses to see if they will match the amount you raise. Make it a community-wide challenge!

    7. Prepare what you want to say regarding the orgnization (e.g. PIH) or issue (e.g. AIDS in Africa) to those taking part in your fundraiser.

    8. When the event has concluded, please email [email protected] to let usknow how your event went, as well as recommendations for other groups looking to organize an awareness/fundraising event.


    Recommended resources

    Want to learn more about the issues? Here are some books and videos we particularly recommend.