Elizabeth Banks via Crowdrise
April 28, 2010
BENEFITING: Partners In Health
The world is focused as never before on averting millions of preventable deaths among poor people living in the developing world.
PIH asks the people in the communities they serve what ails them and then do whatever it takes to make them well, just as they would if a member of their own family, or they themselves were ill.
Zanmi Lasante (“Partners In Health” in Haitian Kreyol) is PIH’s flagship project – the oldest, largest, most ambitious, and most replicated. The small community clinic that first started treating patients in the village of Cange in 1985, has grown into the Zanmi Lasante (ZL) Sociomedical Complex, featuring a 104-bed, full-service hospital with two operating rooms, adult and pediatric inpatient wards, an infectious disease center, an outpatient clinic, a women’s health clinic, ophthalmology and general medicine clinics, a laboratory, a pharmaceutical warehouse, a Red Cross blood bank, radiographic services, and a dozen schools. ZL has also expanded its operations to eight other sites across Haiti’s Central Plateau and beyond. Today, ZL ranks as one of the largest nongovernmental health care providers in Haiti – and the only provider of comprehensive primary care, regardless of ability to pay, for more than half a million impoverished people living in the mountainous Central Plateau.
Working with partners in the community, PIH provides treatment for general medical conditions and for more complex diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis. They also work to improve access to food, shelter, clean water, sanitation, education and economic opportunities. PIH provides monthly food packages to needy patients and their families. They replace tumble-down shacks made of sticks, mud and leaves with modest but sturdy homes with tin roofs and concrete floors. They build spring caps and fountains, giving the communities reliable sources of safe drinking water. They provide access to the financial support, supplies and training that patients need to return to their fields or to launch small workshops, businesses and other income-generating activities.
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