COVID-19 RESPONSE: Please help us act quickly to enable safe testing, provide high quality care, perform critical contact tracing, and support our public sector government partners in a time of urgent need.

We have been here before.

From our experience with cholera, Ebola, HIV and tuberculosis, we know that COVID-19 will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable—the very patients that Partners In Health serves. We also know that facility and community-based solutions can minimize the death toll of epidemics and help to contain the spread of disease.

LIMA, PERU - DEC 26, 2017: PIH's Dr. Epifanio Sánchez tends to an XDR-TB patient in Carabayllo.
PERU - MARCH 16, 2020: Thirty nurses and nursing technicians with Socios En Salud (as PIH is known in Peru) are currently supporting Peru's Ministry of Health in screening people who arrive in Peru at Jorge Chavez International Airport for coronavirus.⁠ Socios En Salud nurses pictured: Jessica Camus, Pacsy Rodríguez, and Elizabet Vargas⁠⁠.

We know how to respond.

The best response is through a strong health system—one that has the necessary staff, stuff, space, systems and social support in place to be able to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease.

Community health workers (CHWs), who make up the majority of PIH’s staff world-wide, are strategically placed to educate the population about a new disease, perform active case finding, accompany those who are ill to health facilities, and support those who are not ill but need to remain isolated at home through targeted social support.

This fight will be long, but PIH has a plan.

PIH is mobilizing to support some of the most at-risk people around the world to:

  • contain and control the spread of the virus,
  • ensure that patients are provided with dignified care, and
  • demonstrate to the world what aggressive action in vulnerable settings can achieve.
Read the detailed report of the four-pronged strategy to save lives in the vulnerable communities we serve, and support global efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about our response.

Patient Regains Hope After Tuberculosis Treatment in Liberia

PIH patient receives comprehensive tuberculosis care, treatment Posted on March 24, 2023 Viola Wleh thought she had a common cold, but her diagnosis was more serious: multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).  The infectious disease can be deadly—especially the drug-resistant type—so patients should receive care immediately. Unfortunately, there was no treatment for MDR-TB

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A TB Patient in Kazakhstan Heals Through Support, Treatment

A crushing diagnosis provided “an opportunity to change” Posted on March 24, 2023 Maya* vividly remembers the day she received her diagnosis.  As a 21-year-old college student in Astana, Kazakhstan, she’d been running persistent fevers and waking up drenched in sweat. Her mother insisted she get checked out. As they

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Tracking Tuberculosis Through the Pandemic and Beyond

PIH infectious disease doctor looks at TB’s toll on global health, offers solutions Posted on March 24, 2023 Globally, tuberculosis [TB] cases and deaths spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic as health systems and medical workers diverted their attention to cope with unprecedented demand for care and treatment for the rapidly

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