We’re Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, global health advocates and co-founders of Partners In Health. AMA!
Hi Reddit, today is the 100th birthday of Partners In Health co-founder Tom White, so we thought we’d pop by to answer some of your questions about Partners In Health and the state of global health in general, including any questions about coronavirus.
Tom used his fortune to help start Partners In Health, which grew out of a single clinic in rural Haiti. Over time, and following in his footsteps, hundreds of thousands of supporters have helped us keep patient care at the center of our work, while we fight for health care as a human right—both within individual countries and the halls where global health policy is created.
Today, PIH runs programs in 11 countries (Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Lesotho, Russia, Kazakhstan, Navajo Nation), where we provide direct care to millions of patients, through public facilities and community engagement. We build health systems with the staff, stuff, space, systems, and social support to effectively fight infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and cholera, as well as provide maternal and child health care, mental health care, treat noncommunicable diseases and more.
We're currently preparing our sites around the world for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease, which we know will disproportionately harm marginalized communities like the ones in which we work.
Here’s our proof: https://twitter.com/PIH/status/1235294429990223874
Learn more about PIH’s work and what we’re up to these days: https://www.pih.org/news
We’ll start answering questions around 3p.m. ET, so ask us anything!
EDIT: We're signing off now - thank you all for the great questions. Talk to you again soon!