GreaterGood.org Supports Community Based Health Care
In August our partner, Partners In Health (PIH), checked in with us, sharing some great information as to how GreaterGood.org’s most recent grant is helping PIH to accomplish their mission.
According to David Whalen, Chief Development Officer of PIH, the funds helped to open the much-anticipated University Hospital in Mirebalais, the first teaching hospital in central Haiti. Outpatient care has already begun as the organization ramps up staff and supplies for the next phase of services. Upon reaching its peak, this 300-bed hospital will employ up to 800 Haitians and provide advanced, high-quality care to an area of 3.3 million people in central Haiti.
Mr. Whalen also stated that funds from GreaterGood.org and The Hunger Site helped train and deploy PIH’s network of nearly 8,000 community health workers around the world to improve care for those living in poverty. These health workers are members of the communities they serve, visiting patients in their home or accompanying them to nearby clinics or hospitals when needed. It is the belief of PIH that community-based health care keeps patients alive and in better care than medical treatment alone.
Mr. Whalen states, "A recent study found that 92% of our HIV patients in Rwanda were still actively engaged in care two years after being enrolled, compared to 70% in other parts of Africa."
GreaterGood.org is incredibly grateful to play a role in helping Partners In Health expand and continue their dedication to community-based health care. Donate now to support this amazing cause.
by Noah Horton, October 4, 2013