Our Approach

Four Fundamental Principles

Though our partnerships take many forms, they’re united by a promise to go where we’re needed and to develop innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most intractable health challenges.

Enabling Community-Based Health

Because access to care is one of the biggest obstacles for poor people living in rural areas, we bring care to them in their homes via locally hired and managed community health workers – people who can understand the medical and social needs for their neighbours better than anyone else. They provide medication, monitor patients’ treatments regimens and refer the sickest people to clinics or hospitals for further care.

Building Local Capacity

High quality medical education and training for local health professionals is indispensable to our work. We bring the resources of the world’s leading medical, research, and teaching institutions directly to the communities we serve, building each local workforce of doctors, nurses, and administrators around the highest standard of health care.  

Strengthening National Health Systems

Partners In Health works with community and government providers to compliment, rather than supplant, existing public health infrastructure. As the most durable piece of our work, this may be the most critical. Building and renovating facilities, mobilizing equipment and medicine, and providing both clinical and operations expertise collectively anchor our response to public health crises of every scale and duration.

Raising Global Standards

Whether we’re leading cutting-edge research, collaborating with manufacturers and suppliers, or influencing policy, the wide-ranging work of Partners In Health has long served to challenge and notion that proven treatments are too difficult or costly to be effective in poor communities. For decades we’ve built our reputation on redefining what’s possible in global health – and then making it happen.

Service, Training and Research

The provision of health care is at its best when service delivery, training and research work in a feedback loop. The quality of care improves over time, and local communities develop the capacity and knowledge to drive positive change.


With the help of partners, PIH has served millions of patients, tackling diseases that others deemed too expensive and too difficult to treat in poor settings. PIH has proven the positive impact of integrated community-based care delivered by community health workers, and linked to health centers and hospitals. By leveraging the benefits of modern medical science and the leadership, skills and experience of our patients, local governments and other partners, we strive for a world with equity in health care, and for communities with zero preventable deaths.


Health professionals in resource-poor settings need access to on-the-job education and training in order to provide high quality care for patients. The continued training and mentorship of PIH’s network of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and community health workers is critical piece to our work in Haiti, Rwanda and around the world.


Research generates new knowledge and provides the proof that our programs are working. From HIV/AIDS to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, from cholera to community health workers, researching and documenting the impact of interventions has fostered global policy change and empowered others to take up this work.