BENEFITING: Partners In Health
EVENT DATE: Feb 22, 2012
March 22nd is my 29th bday and I want to mark my last bday in my 20s in a good way, and what better way than by sharing the celebration with others, especially those in need. Some haven't been lucky enough to make it to this age, others are hoping to, and some are feeling extremely lucky that they made it past. Join me in a fundraising campaign this bday to help others blow out more candles on their cakes as the years come.
Last year I chose a number of charities to allow people freedom to choose which causes they supported with me, but this year I'd like to focus on one. I've chosen Partners in Health. PIH is a non-profit health-care organization dedicated to providing a "preferential option for the poor". It was founded in 1987 by Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Thomas J White, Todd McCormack, and Dr. Jim Young Kim. PIH strives to provide an alternative to the conventional curative method of treatment for the sick and instead tries to prevent diseases before they occur. This model believes that primary health care is essential because health is a right and therefore, it should be available to everyone. PIH strives to bring good medical care to the poor by establishing long-term partnerships with local sister organizations.
The organization's model is described as being one in which: clinical and community barriers to care are removed as diagnosis and treatment are declared a public good and made available free of charge to patients living in poverty. For people living in poverty stricken areas, the treatment of AIDS and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been made possible by this model of care. One of the defining features that separates PIH from other NGOs is its commitment to hiring and training people who live in the communities where the organization works. Of the nearly 15,000 employees working for PIH, fewer than 150 are American