Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More
World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Healthy women are the cornerstone of healthy societies Patricio Marquez, lead health specialist for the Global Tobacco Control Initiative at the World Bank, and Melanie Walker, senior adviser to the president and director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery Unit, discuss the role of investing in women and girls, writing,…More
Ben Huntley / Partners In HealthThe newborns rest at Partners In Health-supported J.J. Dossen Hospital in Liberia earlier this month. On a hot and humid Monday in early December, 28-year-old Elizabeth Sieh climbed the handful of stairs to her neighborhood health center in southern Liberia and nurses in the admitting area could tell, immediately, that this was no ordinary pregnancy. The petite woman’s belly was really big.
Agence France-Presse: Fighting Haiti’s cholera outbreak requires more funds: U.N. “…The U.N. says the situation has improved thanks to a three-fold increase in the deployment of emergency teams, the delivery of drinking water aid, and a vaccination campaign. But funding is critical to support the humanitarian needs of the poorest country in the Americas, said…More
Photo by Aaron Levenson / Partners In HealthLeft to right: Deputy Executive Director of Inshuti Mu Buzima Antoinette Habinshuti, PIH Co-founder Paul Farmer, Minister of Education Musafiri Papias Malimba, and Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity Peter Drobac plant a tree to celebrate the building of the university. Last week, Partners In Health Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer addressed an audience at a convention center in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. An architectural rendering projected above him showed the University of Global Health Equity, a collection of flat-roofed stone buildings framed by Rwanda’s mountains. Long glass windows reflected the lush hills surrounding it
Photo by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthPartners In Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee (left) visits with safe house resident Valeria Ruiz* following a ceremony marking the home’s official transfer to the Peruvian government. Partners In Health in Peru recently handed over control of its first safe house for women living with chronic mental illness to the Peruvian government, marking a major milestone in PIH's efforts to strengthen Peru's shift to a community-based mental health care system. Peru's National Institute of Mental Health and the municipality of Carabayllo, where PIH is based, assumed responsibility of the home during a ceremony in September, just over a year after the home’s opening. Government officials hope to expand PIH’s model to 200 homes nationwide to support the roughly 1,400 people who desperately need the care and protection these safe houses provide
Washington Post: How the U.S. should change its approach to global health Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot university professor at Harvard “…We are in uncharted territory.
News Deeply: Family Planning Provides Backbone for Health Care Delivery in a Crisis Aileen Gleizer, policy manager at Marie Stopes International “…Family planning is critical for preventing unintended pregnancies, maternal and infant deaths, and unsafe abortions. Funding for international family planning enables the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),…More
Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMasentebale Letima, 23, (left) and other expectant mothers pass the time in the shade of the maternal waiting home in Nkau, Lesotho, in March. Help a poor woman stay in school, a recent study found, and her children are more likely to survive. Help a mother earn a couple extra dollars, and her kids will get a better education. Give a woman a loan and she is more likely than a man to repay it