PIH and Haitian sister organization Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL) open the 300-bed, solar-powered University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, a national teaching hospital that will provide advanced, high-quality care to an area of 3.3 million people.

Features include six operating theaters, three ambulatory wings for outpatients, 24 labour and delivery beds, an electronic medical records system and a digital radiology platform with the only CT scanner in the public sector in Haiti. The hospital was constructed at a cost of about $56,000 per bed, a fraction of what it costs to build a comparable hospital in Canada.


Partners In Health Canada receives charitable status from the Canadian government and opens an office in Toronto, becoming the first PIH-affiliated national office in a developed country outside the United States.

Working with local communities and governments, PIH provides health care to more than 2.4 million people served by 76 health facilities. With the Rwandan government, PIH opens a teaching hospital in Butaro that brings high quality care and medical education to the entire east Africa region.


PIH/ZL respond to the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti with life saving emergency care and a plan to strengthen Haiti’s public health system.


PIH begins the Maternal Mortality Reduction Program in Lesotho, leading to a 350 percent increase in facility-based deliveries.


PIH and Zanmi Lasante provide emergency support to thousands of people following a devastating series of hurricanes and tropical storms.


PIH begins work in Neno District, Malawi, launching testing and treatment programs for HIV and TB.


PIH launches a new project in Lesotho in southern Africa, bringing  primary care and HIV and TB testing and treatment to two remote clinics high in the mountains.


PIH expands operations to sub-Saharan Africa, the epicenter of the global AIDS pandemic, bringing community-based HIV treatment and primary care to two districts in rural Rwanda.


The PIH project in Haiti is one of the first to receive funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.


PIH assumes responsibility for improving clinical care at the TB project in Tomsk, Siberia.


In Haiti, Zanmi Lasante's HIV Equity Initiative is one of the first in the world to provide antiretroviral therapy in resource-poor settings.

PIH and Harvard Medical School win a $44.7 million Gates Foundation grant to fight drug-resistant TB.


Drug-resistant TB patients in Carabayllo, Peru complete treatment with cure rates of 80 percent, the World Health Organization to revise recommendations for treating drug-resistant TB.

In Haiti, Zanmi Lasante initiates a pilot program to provide antiretroviral therapy to 50 AIDS patients.


PIH and Peruvian partner Socios En Salud begin a joint project to treat drug-resistant TB patients in Carabayllo. Community residents are trained to deliver the complex drug therapies, which include up to seven different medications, in patients’ homes.


PIH’s sister organization, Socios En Salud, is established in Carabayllo, a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima.


PIH Co-founder Paul Farmer wins a MacArthur "genius grant" and uses it to establish the Institute for Health and Social Justice (IHSJ), PIH's research and advocacy arm.


In Haiti, Zanmi Lasante launches its comprehensive women’s health program, Pwoje Sante Fanm.


Partners In Health (PIH) is founded in Boston by Ophelia Dahl, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim, Todd McCormack and Thomas J. White to support Zanmi Lasante (ZL), founded in Haiti in 1983.

ZL's activities include schools, clinics, a training program for health outreach workers, a mobile unit that screens residents of area villages for preventable diseases, and an ongoing study of sickness and health among the peasants of rural Haiti that will form the basis of Farmer’s 1992 book, AIDS and Accusation.


The first case of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) on the Central Plateau in Haiti is identified by health workers based in Cange. The disease becomes prevalent in Haiti’s urban slums.


The Clinique Bon Sauveur in Cange is established. The two-room clinic will grow over time into a full-fledged hospital with extensive facilities and capabilities.


Father Fritz and Yolande Lafontant and colleagues working in Haiti are joined by Paul Farmer, soon to be a first-year Harvard Medical School student, and 18-year-old Ophelia Dahl. Together they establish a community-based health project in Cange, known as Zanmi Lasante -- “Partners In Health” in Haitian Kreyol.


Father Fritz and Yolande Lafontant begin working to provide schooling to the children of the displaced peasants of Cange. They report levels of illness and death that rank among the worst in the world.


The village of Cange, on Haiti’s Central Plateau, is submerged by a dam on the Artibonite River designed and funded by US development agencies to supply electrical power to the capital city of Port-au-Prince, many hours distant. Residents of Cange, all subsistence farmers, receive little compensation for their homes and land, and are forced to move up to the barren hillside as squatters.


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