How long has PIH Canada been in existence, and what are your objectives?
The first national office in the developed world outside the United States within the PIH family, PIH Canada received charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency and began operations in 2011. Our objective is to help build an authentically Canadian movement for global health equity, underpinned by a belief in health as a universal human right. We will build on Partners In Health’s three decade track record of proving it is possible to deliver high quality care and treat complicated diseases even in some of the world’s most resource-poor settings.

Does PIH Canada have domestic programming to help poor communities at home?
Health equity for poor and marginalized communities in Canada is of tremendous importance, as a matter of social justice. ‘Global health’ doesn’t mean international health; it means health for everyone, including those living in poverty at home. That said, PIH Canada currently has no plans to begin domestic programming. Given our existing resources, we can best contribute to health equity in Canada by sharing the knowledge PIH has gained over the past 25 years working in resource-poor settings with organizations already active in these areas in Canada. This includes sharing lessons learned from the use of paid community health workers as the backbone of our community-based model of health care.

Doesn’t Canada already have enough charities working internationally? Why do we need another?
PIH Canada was established in response to keen interest from Canadians in the work of Partners In Health. A number of Canadian individuals and foundations supporting the efforts of ZL and IMB were expressing a desire for greater Canadian ownership of these efforts, and the number of supporters has grown since 2011. We are committed to working in solidarity with all those across Canada – students and seniors, corporations and community groups, universities and other NGOs – who share our passion for social justice and health equity and our belief in the critical importance of this work.

I would like to work for PIH Canada. Do you have any job openings?
All open positions with PIH Canada are posted in the ‘Careers’ section at the bottom right of this website. For positions with PIH at the Boston office or in other countries, visit the Careers section of www.pih.org.

I would like to intern/volunteer with PIH Canada. Where can I find out about such opportunities?
PIH Canada does not have a formal internship or volunteer program at this time. However, we are always looking for people who would like to mobilize support for PIH Canada within their own communities. For more information, see the ‘Get Involved’ tab of this website, or send us a note to pihcanada@pih.org.

Can I volunteer overseas with PIH?
PIH generally does not recruit volunteers for overseas work, as our model depends working with members of the communities we serve in order to expand local skills and knowledge as well as to ensure sustainability. Our teams are staffed almost exclusively by local national physicians, nurses, and other clinical and ancillary workers. However, clinical volunteer positions can play a critical role in our work when structured to fill identified needs and to raise the standard of care. For more information, see here. For a full list of PIH employment opportunities, visit the PIH careers page here.

I have a question about making a donation through a gift of securities, a planned gift or a gift-in-kind. Where can I go for more information?
All donation Information can be found under ‘Ways to Give’ within the ‘Get Involved’ tab. If you still have further questions, please send a note to mbrender@pih.org. Your support is so important to our work and extremely appreciated.

How much of PIH Canada’s expenditure goes to fundraising and administration?
PIH Canada is fortunate to be able to make use of some administrative and operational resources of Partners In Health. That said, we are still a young organization and need to grow in order to maximize our impact. We work hard to balance our desire to invest in awareness and fundraising activities in Canada while spending donor funds responsibly on mission programs in Haiti and Rwanda.  In our most recent fiscal year, PIH Canada spent 80 cents of every dollar on programs and 20 cents on fundraising and administration. We expect to reduce our percentage of fundraising and administration expenses as revenue increases. Our audited financial statements can be found at the bottom of the 'About PIH Canada' section of this website. (Partners In Health consolidates PIH Canada revenue and spends 93 cents of every dollar on mission programs). All that said, we are most proud of the impact of our work on patients and communities we serve and the larger global health community. We believe impact is the best measure of our, or any other charity’s, effectiveness.

What is “a preferential option for the poor”?
Although PIH is a secular organization not affiliated with, motivated by, or espousing any particular religious ideology, we find the concept of “a preferential option for the poor” to be a powerful moral imperative. The concept stems from Catholic social teaching and signifies a special concern in distributive justice for poor and vulnerable persons. The “poor” includes but is not limited to those who are economically deprived. The concept of “a preferential option for the poor” challenges us to be advocates for the voiceless and powerless among us. Those who are in any way and for any reason deprived, marginalized, or vulnerable have a special moral claim on the community. As a matter of both justice and charity, we must put in place structures and systems to address and meet their needs, so that they might participate more fully in the common good and thereby flourish more fully as human beings.

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