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Partners In Health 

The Lynch Foundation works with Partners In Health to provide health care to people around the world who need it most.

The Story


Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and several Haitian leaders established a community-based health project in Haiti in the impoverished Central Plateau. In 1987 they founded Partners In Health, in Massachusetts, to support activities in Haiti, and created Zanmi Lasante (Creole for “Partners In Health”) as its Haitian sister organization. Today, Zanmi Lasante is the largest nongovernment health care provider in Haiti, serving an area of 1.3 million people.

Partners In Health has since expanded to multiple countries, focusing on settings of extreme poverty or international neglect.


The Partnership

The Lynch Foundation was an important early supporter of Partners In Health and has helped the organization create and operate comprehensive primary care and infectious disease treatment programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. This early support allowed Partners In Health not only to provide care to a significant number of patients, but also enabled them to refine their approach, so they are saving the lives of millions around the world.

The Connections

With support from the Lynch Foundation and other partners, Partners In Health successfully challenges skeptics who claim that high-quality health care can’t be delivered in resource-poor areas. Since the 1990s, the organization has pioneered innovations in infectious disease care for poor people by providing community-based treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

In March 2013, Partners In Health and its sister organization, Zanmi Lansante, opened University Hospital—a 300-bed teaching hospital in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

Partners In Health’s programs are intended to serve as a model for raising the standard of medical care in poor countries, for achieving sustainable improvements in health systems, and for lifting entire communities out of poverty.