Partners in Health: Redefining Health-Care Possibilities
“We are saving lives, revitalising communities, and changing the face of global health.” These are the defining words of Partners In Health, a medical and moral mission to provide preferential healthcare treatment to low-income populations.
Partners In Health is a non-profit organization made up of health professionals, academics, and activists. The organization provides health services, training, research, and advocacy for human rights around the world. The organization’s two main goals are to provide the benefits of modern medical science to those in need and to serve as a “antidote to despair.”
Jim Kim, Ophelia Dahl, Paul Farmer, Todd McCormack, and Thomas J. White founded Partners In Health in 1987 to provide medical services to areas of Haiti. Partners In Health has now expanded to Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, the Dominican Republic, and the Navajo Nation, among other places. In addition, they have an expanding network of affiliated organizations in a number of other countries.
Partners In Health’s founders and current contributors believe that health is a human right that should be available to everyone. Paul Farmer, the co-founder, is an advocate for human rights, believing that “the idea that some lives matter less is at the root of everything wrong with the world.” Partners In Health puts this belief into action by working towards a bright future and continuing to redefine the possibilities of health care.