HEAL Initiative partners with remote and under-resourced medical facilities in the United States (e.g. Indian Health Service sites, Federally Qualified Health Centers) and various low and middle-income countries around the world. HEAL is also partners with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, UCSF’s Master of Science Program in Global Health, and UCSF’s Global Health Core faculty.
Health Facilities in Domestic and International Sites
In early 2007, at the invitation of the Clinton Foundation and the Ministry of Health in Malawi, PIH (Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) in Chichewa, the national language of Malawi) began operating in Malawi to replicate the rural initiative programs that have proven so successful in delivering HIV treatment and comprehensive primary health care in Rwanda and Lesotho. The Malawi Ministry of Health directed PIH and CHDI to the impoverished rural area of Neno, and in early 2007, the partners began to implement an ambitious plan to combat the disease. Like PIH’s other projects, APZU combines treatment for HIV patients with comprehensive, community-based health care and programs to combat the conditions of extreme poverty in which disease takes root, including hunger and lack of access to clean water and decent housing, schools and livelihoods. From Neno and ten other rural health centers, APZU serves about 100,000 people spread over an impoverished rural area about half the size of Rhode Island.
In 2011, Partners In Health launched Compañeros En Salud (PIH/CES), a sister organization that works with rural government clinics in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas—one of the most marginalized regions in the state—to improve staffing, supplies, and links with local communities. In partnership with local health jurisdictions, PIH/CES revitalizes underperforming rural clinics, providing high-quality health care to vulnerable people who previously had no reliable health services. The program currently operates in six rural clinics and plans to expand to 10. By focusing on primary care, PIH/CES strives to improve health outcomes, as well as to decrease the impoverishing costs of seeking health care outside the community.
Indian Health Service (IHS) is an entity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to “raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska natives to the highest level.” While IHS provides health services to about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska natives, the organization struggles to maintain an adequate healthcare workforce, with vacancy rates over 31% at some sites. Through our partnership, HEAL physicians will help provide highly needed care to the underserved communities within Navajo Nation. In addition, HEAL Initiative will bolster local capacity by training existing IHS providers who show exceptional promise and passion in the areas of health, equity, action and leadership.
Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) is a nonprofit organization that provides both preventive care and treatment services to the rural populations of Chhattisgarh, a state located in central India. JSS runs 3 health centers and has 104 trained village health workers providing services in 53 villages. JSS also has a specialized facility known as the Ganiyari Clinic, which offers a wide array of patient services through its inpatient ward, operating theater complex, low-cost pharmacy, and diagnostic laboratory.
Last Mile Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to provide health services to individuals living in the most remote villages of Liberia that lack access to health services. With offices in both Boston, Massachusetts and Liberia, LMH recruits active health workers to address 75 percent of the burden of disease in Liberia’s rural villages. Our partnership will help support Last Mile Health in its mission to bring clinical services “to people’s doorstep” by providing clinical services as well as collaborative training for LMH’s existing frontline health workers.
Possible is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. The organization currently manages the healthcare system in Achham, a district in the Far Western region of Nepal via a public-private partnership with the Nepali government’s Ministry of Health and Population. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 173,000 patients in rural Nepal through a durable healthcare system of government hospitals, clinics, community health workers, and a referral network.
Zanmi Lasante, Partners In Health’s sister organization, is PIH’s flagship project—the oldest, largest, most ambitious, and most replicated. PIH/ZL operates clinics and hospitals at 12 sites across Haiti’s Central Plateau and lower Artibonite. Today, Zanmi Lasante is the largest nongovernment health care provider in Haiti, serving an area of 1.3 million people with a staff of 5,400 Haitians. HEAL Initiative will work side-by-side with Partners In Health to strengthen Haiti’s healthcare system and ensure that the poorest of the poor have access to quality healthcare.
Muso is a global health organization working in Mali. We believe that every person has the right to access health care, and we are committed to designing innovative health care systems to make that right a reality. Our mission is build proactive healthcare systems that eliminate preventable deaths in the world’s poorest communities. Our team focuses on how redesigning health care systems can improve health outcomes by reaching patients earlier in the course of their illness. After having demonstrated success in our current area of intervention, we are planning to adapt and replicate the model across multiple contexts in Mali, and then take our model to scale.
LifeLong Medical Care provides high-quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages; creates models of care for the elderly, people with disabilities and families; and advocates for continuous improvements in the health of our communities.
To provide superior and compassionate healthcare to our community by raising the level of health, Hozho, and quality of life.
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