Most of these conditions—including pneumonia, malaria, and malnutrition—have seemingly simple remedies, such as vaccines, bed nets, and clean drinking water. But poverty and systemic injustice prevent children from receiving the care they need.
Partners In Health is on a mission to change that. We provide health care and social support for children in our communities around the world, delivering compassionate care to society’s most vulnerable. We do this while strengthening health systems to ensure that future generations receive the care they need.
Our program areas range from malnutrition to HIV but have one idea in common—no child should die because they lack access to care.
Each year, nearly 6 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday. More than half of these deaths are caused by conditions that are preventable or treatable, including pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, and malnutrition.
About 600 children are infected with HIV each day, the vast majority of whom reside in poor countries. Most of these infants could be protected from infection through effective testing and treatment—as they are in wealthy countries, where mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been nearly eliminated.
Child malnutrition also has a devastating impact on children in poor countries world-wide, contributing to premature death, stunting and damage to physical and cognitive development.
PIH strives to eliminate this unnecessary suffering and death by ensuring all children have access to health care, food and education — all foundations for a healthy, productive life.
In many countries where we work, PIH supports school-age children and their families by covering educational fees such as tuition and supplies. Beyond education, our accompaniment can also include food packages, new home construction and emergency repairs, and reimbursement for transportation to hospitals and health clinics. Social support provides critical resources to families as they break the cycle of poverty and ensure a better future for their children.
In Haiti, PIH Canada has supported the construction and operations of pediatric facilities at hospitals in Mirebalais and St-Marc, enhancing staffing, equipment and quality of care for children and infants. Through the use of mobile malnutrition clinics that reach into the most remote communities, we are providing malnourished children with care and access to Nourimanba, a locally produced peanut-based, high-calorie food. Community health workers serve as a bridge between the mobile clinics and health centres and hospitals, ensuring proper patient follow-up and links to more specialized care for the most severe cases.
Nourimanba: Food as Medicine
In Haiti, one in five children is malnourished and faces physical and cognitive stunting.
To tackle this problem, staff with Zanmi Lasante, as Partners In Health is known in Haiti, distribute a fortified, peanut-based food supplement called Nourimanba to families of children diagnosed with malnutrition.
More than 70,000 kgs of nutrient-rich peanut paste produced each year to treat malnourished children in Haiti.
More than 18,350 children treated for malnutrition each year at PIH-supported facilities.
Social support: Treating the whole patient
Improved care, training, systems save more lives every year Posted on Jan 11, 2024 With her left hand on an expectant mother’s belly, Sister Patricia Efe Azikiwe raises her right hand, wiggles her fingers, and explains how to examine the patient’s abdomen. With the fingertips, not the palm, she emphasizes.
CASITA program supports at-risk children, caregivers Posted on Aug 30, 2023 Henry Domingo Vilca used to be “cold and distant,” not expressing his feelings or connecting with his children emotionally. Now, the sight of his daughter running toward him, shouting “Papa!,” often brings him to tears. “She is my everything,”
No one should be defined by a diagnosis. There is always more to the story. Posted on May 23, 2023 People of PIH is a new series highlighting people whose lives have intersected with Partners In Health in some way, whether as patients, staff, or community members, in the 11 countries