Thursday, January 14, 2010

I suggest contributing to "Partners in Health" for Haiti Relief

If you are looking to contribute to the Haiti relief effort you might want to consider carefully where your donation would do the most good.  Gus DiZerega is his Pagan blog at Beliefnet, suggests that we give to Dr. Paul Farmer's center in Haiti.  I agree, and the name of that organization is Partners in Health .

Tracy Kidder, the author of the book about Haiti - Mountains Beyond Mountains, agrees in an Op-Ed column in yesterday's New York Times

"In the arena of international aid, a great many efforts, past and present, appear to have been doomed from the start. There are the many projects that seem designed to serve not impoverished Haitians but the interests of the people administering the projects. Most important, a lot of organizations seem to be unable — and some appear to be unwilling — to create partnerships with each other or, and this is crucial, with the public sector of the society they’re supposed to serve.

But there are effective aid organizations working in Haiti. At least one has not been crippled by the earthquake. Partners in Health, or in Haitian Creole Zanmi Lasante, has been the largest health care provider in rural Haiti. (I serve on this organization’s development committee.) It operates, in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, some 10 hospitals and clinics, all far from the capital and all still intact. As a result of this calamity, Partners in Health probably just became the largest health care provider still standing in all Haiti."

Here is the statement in the Partners in Health - Stand With Haiti Web Site

"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."