Frequently Asked Questions —
General history

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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Who are PIH’s employees?

PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, more than 98 percent of whom are members of the communities in which we work; the majority of those are community health workers. PIH’s staff comprises healthcare personnel, accountants, cooks, laboratory technicians, drivers, computer programmers, engineers, administrators, researchers, medical equipment specialists, teachers, agronomists... whatever it takes to provide quality medical care in the impoverished settings where we work.

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What is the Institute for Health and Social Justice?

The Institute for Health and Social Justice is the research, education, and advocacy arm of PIH and is directed by Dr. Joia Mukherjee. It was established in 1993 with the prize money from Paul Farmer’s MacArthur award in response to a need for critical analysis of the health problems of the poor. The IHSJ has published several books: Women, Poverty, and AIDS (Common Courage Press, 1996); Dying for Growth (Common Courage Press, 2000); and Global AIDS: Myths and Facts (South End Press, 2003). The IHSJ also hosts seminars and other events and oversees PIH’s annual summer internship. See the IHSJ advocacy page for information about current areas of focus.

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Is there a connection between Partners In Health and Partners HealthCare?

Partners In Health and Partners HealthCare are independent institutions.

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What is PIH’s relationship with Harvard University?

Partners In Health benefits greatly from our affiliation with faculty and colleagues from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This collaboration among a non-profit organization, a medical school, a school of public health, and a teaching hospital is a new and fruitful model for leveraging the resources of the world’s leading academic institutions to inspire, enlist, and train others to address the pressing health inequalities of our times. Please click here to learn more about each of these affiliated institutions and how this collaborative model allows PIH to translate its lived experience serving the destitute sick into clinical and operational research, education and training paradigms, and programs and policies that reduce health disparities and improve treatment outcomes.

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How did PIH start?

Partners In Health was formally founded in 1987 by Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, and Todd McCormack, joined soon thereafter by Ophelia Dahl and Jim Yong Kim. The history of Partners In Health is recounted in Pulitzer Prizewinner Tracy Kidder’s bestselling book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House, 2003).

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