If you’re looking to help

21 Jan

I don’t usually blog about politics or international events, but after a few days away, I am finding it hard to come back and not mention the tragedy in Haiti. It seems callous to return with a post about my trip, so I’m just going to quickly mention an organization I recently read about in Haiti.

If you’re interested in donating to a hospital on the ground, go to Partners in Health (PIH).

PIH has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. We urgently need your support to help those affected by the recent earthquake.

Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.

Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities we serve.

To learn more about Haiti or PIH, pick up Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. The book shares the true story of an American doctor, Paul Farmer (PIH founder), who builds a hospital and changes medicine in Haiti. I read it during the holidays.

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

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