Partners In Health (PIH) is a Boston, Massachusetts based 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 Yong Kim. Since then, PIH has grown to 11,000 employees working in 49 health centers and hospitals across 11 countries, from the US to Siberia and Malawi. 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.
PIH believes in 5 fundamental principles:
- Providing universal access to primary health care
- Making health care and education free to the poor
- Hiring and training community health workers
- Fighting disease means fighting poverty
- Partnering with local and national governments
Tracey Kidder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller Mountains Beyond Mountains, made a kind of global health rock star out of quietly charismatic Dr. Paul Farmer. Treating drug-resistant TB in Haiti, he and his partners openly defied the global public health care system insisting on curing a disease that conventional wisdom said was incurable. Stories of Change filmmakers Kief Davidson and Cori Stern’s documentary will portray a diverse group of everyday health care heroes working on an expansive model of global health delivery.