Partners In Health (PIH) strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
The Wagner Foundation is not only a long-time supporter of PIH but has been influenced by its methodology and outlook. PIH's remarkable success in some of the most challenging places is due to its community focus and holistic approach. Building healthcare systems requires long-term planning that encompasses education, economic development, and numerous issues unique to each community.
PIH's focus with a particular community might include training community health workers, developing a reliable supply chain for medical equipment, organizing relief services, creating strategies for supporting long-term care, undertaking the construction of a teaching hospital, or any task which will help strengthen a healthcare network.
Although PIH provides direct care, it does not aim to own and operate facilities; its ultimate aim is to build complete, self-sufficient healthcare systems which governments can assume. PIH is the leading NGO equipped to work with governance yet, at the same it, is profoundly hands-on in providing training, solving logistical challenges, and serving communities.
“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”
-Dr. Paul Farmer, co-Founder
PIH's willingness to look at many sides of a problem, its genuinely collaborative approach, has made it one of the most effective organizations working today. From the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti to supporting a network of clinics in Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola outbreak, PIH works to meet immediate needs with an eye toward long-term care. Inspired by this success, the Wagner Foundation sought to apply aspects of PIH's methodology to itself.