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Massive Earthquake Spares PIH Sites in Mexico

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday night, with tremors felt hundreds of miles away in the capital Mexico City and into neighboring Guatemala. The epicenter was closest to the state of Chiapas, where Partners In Health collaborates with the Mexican government to provide health care in 10 rural clinics throughout the Sierra Madre. PIH leaders in Chiapas surveyed communities early Friday to check on clinicians and staff. Doctors at all 10 clinics had been contacted by Friday afternoon, and all responses were positive. Some clinicians heard reports of minor damage to residents’ homes or roofs, but no one had come to PIH clinics for emergency care as of late Friday.

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Three Clinicians Bring Pioneering Mental Health Services to Remote Villages in Liberia

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthA view inside the mental health office at J.J. Dossen hospital in southeast Liberia. A village healer warned that if she crossed the river, then bad things would happen, but in Regina’s* youth there was no need to worry. She grew up, helped around the house, and married

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After Hurricane Matthew: PIH’s Impact in the South

Photo by Aliesha J. Porcena / Partners In HealthNurse Widline Louis-Juste (left) and Dr. Maurice Chery speak with a patient at the Lascahobas Cholera Treatment Center. Six months ago, Hurricane Matthew plowed across the southern tip of Haiti, leveling houses, sweeping away crops and livestock, and killing approximately 100 people in early October last year.

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Working in Global Health: Katie Kralievits

Matt Cashore / University of Notre DameDr. Salmaan Keshavjee (from left), Dr. Paul Farmer, Katie Kralievits, and Ophelia Dahl leave the University of Notre Dame following a recent book workshop. I grew up with a close connection to Haiti.

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New Birth Waiting Homes to Welcome Expectant Mothers in Sierra Leone

Photo by Emily Bearse / Partners In HealthSupporters gather near the newly built waiting homes during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of April. Others are bigger. Elsewhere they’re more plentiful. But it’s tough to beat the understated dignity of the new birth waiting homes that Partners In Health opened in eastern Sierra Leone last week. The three white houses sit on a hill at the quiet edge of the city of Koidu.

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Medical Aid and Food to Thousands of Peru Flood Victims

Photo courtesy of Socios En SaludDr. Leonid Lecca (right), executive director of PIH in Peru, speaks with staff and residents in Las Brisas, one of the communities hardest hit by last month’s flooding. One month has passed since devastating floods and mudslides swept Peru’s coastline and communities north of the capital of Lima, killing 113 people and destroying the homes of an estimated 700,000 people. The powerful rainy season storms, sparked by an El Niño in the neighboring Pacific Ocean, cut power and access to clean drinking water in the region. Roads and bridges crumbled, leaving remote farming villages isolated for days

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Stevenson’s Story: Starvation in Central Haiti

Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthManise Darius, center, holds her 6-month-old son, Stevenson Louis, in front of their home outside Boucan Carré, Haiti. Ferlanda Louis, her 2-year-old daughter enrolled in PIH’s malnutrition program, peaks out from behind her skirt. He felt impossibly light. At 6-months-old, Stevenson Louis should have been a pudgy, smiling, playful infant. He should have been sitting on his own, or close to it.

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New Drugs, New Hope to End TB in Peru

Photos by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthField technician Gaby Merlin Contreras provides the new TB drug, Bedaquiline, to a patient in Lima, Peru. For the first time in 50 years, two new drugs are available to patients battling the most trenchant forms of tuberculosis. TB experts around the world, including those at Partners In Health, hope that Bedaquiline and Delamanid will deliver patients a quicker, less toxic cure than older drugs on the market. They will soon see whether their hope is justified. Through an effort called endTB, PIH and nongovernmental organizations Médecins sans Frontières and Interactive Research & Development are offering new treatment regimens that include Bedaquiline and Delamanid to more than 3,000 people

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Record Rainfall Slams Peru, Death Toll Rises

Photo by Leonid Lecca / Partners In HealthFlood waters overrun a home in rural Carabayllo, a slum north of Lima, Peru, where Partners In Health has worked for more than 20 years. Torrential rains pummeled Peru over the past week, causing widespread flooding, devastating landslides, and massive destruction throughout the country. One of the most ferocious rainy seasons in decades has already dumped up to 10 times the normal amount of precipitation, hitting the west coast, including metropolitan Lima, particularly hard. More than 70 people have died and 600,000 have seen their homes demolished or damaged, according to the United Nations. Entire villages have been swallowed by flood waters washing down from the Andes, sweeping away homes, livestock, and crops with frightening speed and intensity.

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Pacifique Ntirenganya: A Passionate Global Health Leader

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthNtirenganya in Harper, Liberia, in November 2016. Wearing a white shirt and glasses, Remy Pacifique Ntirenganya smiled into a computer screen while calling a colleague in Boston over Skype. He moved around a room of colorful wall hangings, trying to get a better signal in a staff house outside Rwinkwavu Hospital, a public facility Partners In Health supports in Rwanda. The call was squeezed between his evening jog and a visit to a warehouse to check medical supplies

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Flood Survivors Receive Medical Attention in Peru

Photo Courtesy of Socios En SaludDr. Leonid Lecca (in vest), executive director of PIH in Peru, helps EMTs place 60-year-old Maria Vergara in an ambulance near Rinconada. Heavy rains have subsided throughout most of Lima, Peru, during the tail end of one of the most destructive rainy seasons in decades. In the northern slum of Carabayllo, residents of the flooded Chillon River are beginning to return home.

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10 Hens and Hope in Chiapas

Photo by Francisco Pablo Francisco / Partners In HealthFamilies arrive with cardboard boxes to carry home their new flocks in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas. Mud-splattered pickups were parked alongside a dirt road in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas, a small town hugging the Sierra Madres in southern Mexico. Nearby, a group of women and curious children stood holding cardboard boxes. It was a cloudy morning two days after Christmas, and they were receiving a long-awaited gift. It wasn’t toys or clothes, nor candy canes or other sweets, but a package of 10 hens and a rooster.

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Our Patients Will Die Without Foreign Aid

Jodanie Louis holds her son, Lovenyou, outside their home in Boucan-Carré, Haiti. Lovenyou has gone from severely to moderately malnourished under PIH’s malnutrition program.Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health Partners In Health is gravely concerned about deep and significant cuts in United States overseas development assistance in the budget proposed by President Donald J. Trump. As much of this aid is for health in some of the world’s poorest countries, these cuts will have a devastating impact on millions of people throughout the world.

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Ebola Patients Need Better Treatment

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthPIH Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer (center) and Strategic Adviser Dr. Bailor Barrie (left) speak with Ebola survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Oct. 8, 2014

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