Partners In Health Canada is a non-profit organization relentlessly committed to global health equity. We will do whatever it takes to bring lifesaving care to the marginalized poor in Haiti or Rwanda or anywhere we work  because we take the right to universal health care seriously, and because the status quo is unsustainable for those we serve.

Poverty and inequality are often at the root of illness, so we work to address them. Individuals and communities know their stories and solutions best, so we act only after listening to them and learning from them. Supported by a rigorous commitment to research and training, our goal is to mobilize resources that contribute to a comprehensive approach to high quality health care for the poor – one that meets the needs of individual patients while addressing root causes of disease and poor health in impoverished communities. Partners In Health became a global health game-changer over the past 25 years by proving that it’s possible to deliver on this moral obligation, even in the most difficult settings imaginable.

Acting with humility, courage, compassion, and innovation, this is the standard to which we expect our patients, partners, and donors to hold us accountable.

We look forward to working in solidarity with all those across Canada — students and seniors, corporations and community groups, universities and other NGOs — who share our passion for this work.


Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.

By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. We draw on the resources of the world's leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world's poorest and sickest communities.

At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars, and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well — just as we would do if a member of our own families or we ourselves were ill.

Five Fundamental Principles
Providing Universal Access to Primary Health Care

Primary care based in the community is the bedrock of a functioning health system. When quality primary care is accessible, people seek care earlier and both simple conditions and complex diseases can be more effectively addressed.

Making Health Care and Education Free to the Poor

Our efforts are rooted in a belief that health care is a human right, and that patients we serve have the right to access health care, education and socioeconomic services regardless of their ability to pay. No parent should be forced to choose between paying for their child to see a doctor, or paying for school fees, or having enough food to eat.

Hiring and Training Community Health Workers

PIH hires and trains community health workers (CHWs) to provide health education, refer the sick to clinics, and deliver medicines and social support to patients in their homes. CHWs do not supplant the work of doctors or nurses; rather, they are a vital interface between the clinic and the community.

Fighting Disease Means Fighting Poverty

The leading cause of poor health is poverty. Through our own work and with many partners, PIH improves access to food, shelter, clean water, sanitation, education and economic opportunity.

Partnering with Local and National Governments

Public health systems are the most powerful means of providing rights-based care. Only by working in close partnership with the public sector can we have a sustainable impact, with the ability to take new innovations and delivery systems to scale.


The provision of health care is at its best when service delivery, training and research work in a feedback loop. The quality of care improves over time, and local communities develop the capacity and knowledge to drive positive change.

With the help of partners, PIH has served millions of patients, tackling diseases that others deemed too expensive and too difficult to treat in poor settings. PIH has proven the positive impact of integrated community-based care delivered by community health workers, and linked to health centers and hospitals.

By leveraging the benefits of modern medical science and the leadership, skills and experience of our patients, local governments and other partners, we strive for a world with equity in health care, and for communities with zero preventable deaths.

Health professionals in resource-poor settings need access to on-the-job education and training in order to provide high quality care for patients. The continued training and mentorship of PIH's network of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and community health workers is critical piece to our work in Haiti, Rwanda and around the world.

Research generates new knowledge and provides the proof that our programs are working. From HIV/AIDS to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, from cholera to community health workers, researching and documenting the impact of interventions has fostered global policy change and empowered others to take up this work.


Partners In Health was founded in 1987 by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Jim Yong Kim, Todd McCormack and Tom White.

On the occasion of PIH’s 25th anniversary in 2012, four founders shared their reflections and remembered their friend and fellow Co-founder, Thomas J. White, who passed away in 2011.

Ophelia Dahl
Ophelia Dahl
When I look back down the long road I see a small crowd pointing to a clinic. Built from scratch, that tiny clinic in Cange marked the first of many transformations. Building became a theme: next a lab and operating rooms; then a local workforce, partnerships, a teaching hospital, new sites in Africa, a movement for equity in health care. Our master builder, by vocation and avocation, was Tom White, the embodiment of the generosity and commitment to the poor on which we’ve based our work. Throughout, lifelong friendships—first with Paul, Todd, Jim, Tom, and the Lafontants— have sustained me.

Cange today is not recognizable as the barren place of our origin. In that transformation lies the heart of what we do at PIH. Our work now stretches from the Navajo Nation to Rwanda and beyond, fueled by the conviction that everyone deserves access to high-quality care. Through decades of growth and change, as we’ve taken on tuberculosis and AIDS, maternal mortality and the plagues that stalk the poor, we’ve been accompanied by the many who support PIH. The road ahead—broadened by a quarter-century’s experience, new partnerships, and the ever-growing family that has joined us along the way—offers the chance to deliver on the promise of global health.

Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer
The turning points in my life are all linked to PIH and to changes small and seismic within it, just as the steadiness in my life has come most reliably from friendships made here. At the outset, some of us were pursuing studies from clinical medicine to English literature; others, like Tom White, were established. But each of us chose social justice as our true north. Those we sought to serve shared that commitment, attacking the forces that damaged and shortened their lives. Together we made tackling ill health the focus, and partnerships the strategy. The persistent pathologies of poverty—whether cholera, tuberculosis, and AIDS, or the crucible of Haiti’s earthquake—must be addressed through partnerships. No group can do it alone; alliances forged to confront global threats cannot just be local.

Now, our great challenge is finding partners to help us respond effectively to the persistent and pernicious epidemic of poverty. True partnership is tough. But it’s the way towards true north, as the past 25 years have taught us—all of us; PIHers around the world; our patients, our teachers, our students; and especially my partners in health Ophelia, Todd, Jim, and Tom, whom we miss so much.

Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim
Historic transformations come when organizations and social movements unite the thirst for justice with implementation skills. To me, PIH embodies what can be achieved when these two qualities are brought together. When PIH started out, we developed the concept of “pragmatic solidarity” to describe our approach. Solidarity means a passionate moral commitment to others’ wellbeing, based on awareness of humanity’s deep interdependence. Pragmatism, in this context, means the strategic thinking and implementation skills needed to build effective delivery systems for social goals. PIH has succeeded because we’ve found partners in communities who have turned solidarity into a tangible reality for poor people, by building systems to deliver health care, clean water, improved housing, education, and economic opportunity. To work alongside these colleagues, and see what they’ve accomplished, has humbled and inspired me for 25 years.

Taking our first steps in pragmatic solidarity a quarter-century ago, we couldn’t have predicted where the path would lead. Today, we’re bringing PIH solutions to a global scale. We’re seeing that passionate pragmatism has relevance across all regions and development contexts. In other words, our work has just begun.

Todd McCormack
Todd McCormack
At Tom White’s wake, Ophelia handed me a note I wrote to Paul when he asked me to help him set up PIH. In that note I wrote: “I can assure you nothing makes me happier than knowing I have an opportunity to help expand and secure what you’ve developed in Cange.” Twenty-five years later, I can confidently say that, outside of my family, nothing has.

If accompaniment is the root that feeds PIH, I surely was the first who needed to be accompanied. Unlike Paul, Ophelia, and Jim, who crafted multiple day jobs to build partnerships in health, I was committed to other professional pursuits. I remain forever indebted to my co-founders, and the ever-growing PIH community, for helping ensure that, as I live ensconced in circles of excessive consumption, I remain connected to our generation’s most vexing issue: the stark realities of the world’s poor. And, 25 years on, I still feel privileged to do what I can to help “expand and secure” our programs, which now span continents and involve dozens of partners. I remain heartened and humbled by so many who have joined our effort to work for a more preferential option for the poor.


Partners In Health Canada is governed by a Board of Directors that oversees the organization’s operations.

Lucie Edwards (Chair)
Lucie Edwards (Chair)
Lucie Edwards retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs in December 2009. Her last assignment in a 33-year career with DFAIT was as Chief Strategist and Head of the Office for Transformation. To mark her retirement, she was awarded the Department's Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence for 2009. She had previously served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Services (1996-99), Director General of the Global Issues Bureau (1995-96), Director of Middle East Relations (1992-93) and Chair of the Southern Africa Task Force (1989-93). Overseas, she served as Canadian High Commissioner to India (2003-06), South Africa (1999-2003) and Kenya (1993-95). She was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence, its highest award, for her humanitarian work as Ambassador to Rwanda in 1995. She has worked extensively at the United Nations and throughout her career has specialized in international development, with a particular interest in food security and rural poverty in Africa and South Asia.
Dr. Gary Gottlieb (President)
Dr. Gary Gottlieb (President)
Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners In Health. From 2010 until February of 2015, he served as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, the parent of the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, operating the largest health care delivery organization in New England and among the nation’s largest nonprofit biomedical research and training enterprises. Dr. Gottlieb is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, as president of North Shore Medical Center, and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry. Dr. Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training, and clinical program. He served as executive vice-chair of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Gottlieb received his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as chief resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. As a leader in the Boston area community, Dr. Gottlieb serves as chairman of the Private Industry Council, the city’s workforce development board. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Ted Phillip (Vice-President)
Ted Phillip (Vice-President)
Ted Philip joined Partners In Health (PIH) as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2013 and has been involved with PIH since 2006, as a member of its U.S. Board of Governors. Prior to joining PIH, Ted accumulated twenty five years of experience as an entrepreneur, operating executive, board member, and investor in many consumer-facing product and service businesses. His experience includes industry leading consumer businesses such as Lycos, The Walt Disney Company, Hasbro, Pinkberry, and Bombardier Recreational Products. At Lycos Ted helped build the company from a start-up venture, with less than $2 million in funding, to a global public company with operations in 42 countries. Ted holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Marika Anthony-Shaw
Marika Anthony-Shaw
Artists have always been at the forefront of social change, and for violinist and violist Marika Anthony-Shaw, the opportunity to drive engagement has always remained at the core of her musical endeavour. While initially gaining recognition in the acclaimed Grammy-winning Montreal-based band Arcade Fire, Marika also saw an opportunity to harness and direct the energy of a passionate fan base and created Plus One - a platform to drive social change. Plus One partners performing artists with high impact non-profits, leveraging dollars and collective support to benefit underserved and vulnerable populations. Marika strongly embraces PIH’s model of accompaniment, which she believes is the most effective, compassionate, and dignified way of delivering care to those most in need. She is thrilled that PIH Canada is a reality, and feels honoured to do whatever it takes to help build the Canadian global health equity movement to ensure that people everywhere can access high quality health care.
Dr. Paul Grand'Maison
Dr. Paul Grand'Maison
Paul Grand'Maison describes himself as "a family physician by education, a teacher by vocation, a medical educator by passion and an administrator by evolution." He received his M.D. from the University of Sherbrooke in 1973 and an MSc in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Grand’Maison has been a member of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke since 1976 and a full professor since 1988. Among many positions, he previously served as Director of Department of Family Medicine (1988-96), dean for undergraduate medical education (2002-11) and Director of the Centre of Education in Health Sciences (1984-89 and 1996-99). He headed the process for the recognition in 2001 of the Faculty as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the field of human resource development which he heads since 2001. Since 2012, he has served as director of the Office of International Relations, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. During his career, Dr. Grand’Maison has contributed significantly and scholarly to the evolution of the Canadian medical profession, the development of clinical and academic Family Medicine, and innovation in medical education. He is the recipient of many distinguished awards, most recently the President's Award of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada for exemplary leadership in academic medicine at the national level. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Trevor deBoer
Trevor deBoer
Trevor is a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto, practising in the area of corporate and commercial law. Trevor represents renewable energy industry clients on the financing, development, acquisition, operation and regulation of wind, solar, water and biomass electricity generation facilities. Trevor advises developers, equity sponsors, lenders and government agencies in a variety of infrastructure transactions. In addition, Trevor has executed all stages of real property development, both as external and in-house counsel, including site evaluation and selection, land assembly, joint venture structuring, multi-tier and public-market acquisition financing, marketing, construction financing and pre- and post-construction divestiture. Trevor has advised on brownfield remediation and redevelopment, and carbon trading.

Dr. Andrew Boozary
Dr. Andrew Boozary
Andrew Boozary completed his M.D. at the University of Ottawa. He received a Princeton University Fellowship Award to earn his Masters of Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and coupled his health policy training with a Masters of Science (SM) at Harvard University. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is now serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Harvard Public Health Review. Dr. Boozary has written on medicine and public health in the British Medical Journal and Journal of the American Medical Association Journal among others, while also being a contributor to the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.
Rocco Fazzolari
Rocco Fazzolari
Rocco Fazzolari is the Chief Financial Officer at Harbourfront Centre - an arts, cultural, education and event programming organization on Toronto's waterfront. Prior to joining Harbourfront Centre, Rocco was the CFO of Prostate Cancer Canada where he was responsible for the finance, administration, HR, IT and governance functions. His extensive financial management background includes positions at the Sydney Opera House, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Lavalife, Wyeth-Ayerst and Ernst and Young. Rocco has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant (C.A).
Nigel Fisher, O.C.
Nigel Fisher, O.C.
Nigel Fisher is currently Chief Operating Officer of newly-incorporated Allied BioScience Canada and Senior Advisor, Humanitarian Policy and Complex Crises in The KonTerra Group. A former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, he was, until August 2014, the UN’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Prior to that he had been Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, overseeing humanitarian and recovery initiatives of the UN and its partners after the January 2010 earthquake. He occupied a similar position in Afghanistan in the years after 9/11. A former Executive Director of the UN Office for Project Services and former President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, he has dedicated the greater part of his career to the protection of civilians - and of children in particular - in situations of armed conflict, serving in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. An Officer of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Ontario, Dr. Fisher was the 2014 recipient of the Pearson Peace Medal and of the 2013 Medal of Honour of the Canadian Medical Association. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for his innovative leadership of UNICEF in Rwanda and the Great Lakes in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 genocide and holds an honorary LL.D degree from McMaster University, his alma mater.
Dr. Hugh Scully
Dr. Hugh Scully
Dr. Hugh Scully,BA,MD,MSc,FRCSC,FACS was educated at Queen’s, Toronto and Harvard Universities. He is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, University of Toronto, and is Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHN Toronto General Hospital. In 2010, Dr. Scully received one of the Canadian Medical Association’s top awards, the Medal of Service, and the {Lifetime} Annual Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. He has received the Medal of Merit from the International Society for Heart Research, and the Gold and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals. Among provincial and national positions, Dr. Scully served as a Board member and President of the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association., the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Council {Board} of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Internationally he has represented Canada on the Council of the World Medical Association, the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons {ACS} and is the only non-American to be appointed to the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Committee. Dr. Scully has been involved in international motorsport medicine and safety for more than four decades. In 2000 he was elected to Membership, and in 2011 as Chairman of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and invited presentations.


The PIHC Board and staff meet on a Saturday for some strategic planning.

Back, L to R: Rocco Fazzolari, Mark Brender, Trevor deBoer.

Front, L to R: Ashley Mogg, Andrew Boozary, Marika Anthony-Shaw, Nigel Fisher, Paul Grand'Maison, Hugh Scully, and Lucie Edwards.







PIH Canada is grateful for the efforts of Alain Paul Martin and colleagues at Harvard University Club of Ottawa for their role in helping to establish PIH Canada.


Funds raised by Partners In Health Canada support activities with our sister organizations in Haiti (Zanmi Lasante) and Rwanda (Inshuti Mu Buzima). Partners In Health works in ten countries world-wide, also including Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Navajo Nation (U.S.). To learn more about PIH’s work in these other sites, click here.


2014 Annual Report [PDF, 3.3 MB]
2013 Annual Report [PDF, 6.6 MB]
2012 Annual Report [PDF, 6.9 MB]
2011 Annual Report [PDF, 4 MB]


FY14 PIH Canada audited financial statements, click here
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