Faculty Project: Strategies to address the TB in Resource Poor Communities
Partners in Health
Partners in Health 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. Partners in Health draw on the resources of the Harvard's elite medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world's poorest and sickest communities. At its root, its mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. Partners in Health is currently working in initiatives in Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.
Participating Harvard faculty: Paul Farmer, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Jamie Bayona, Instructor, HMS.
Collaborating Institutions: Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities (DSMHI) at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Strategies to address the TB in Resource Poor Communities
Jaime Bayona and colleagues at Partners in Health (PIH) in Peru have created innovative programs that demonstrate ways to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in resource poor communities. The PIH-Socios En Salud community-based treatment program for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was initiated in 1996 when a community screening turned up a number of residents from Carabayllo, Lima who did not respond to therapy for tuberculosis. Over the subsequent years, PIH and Socios en Salud have persisted in their commitment to provide the sick with treatment. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Harvard Medical School, they have been developing community based MDR-TB treatment strategies appropriate to local circumstances by proving that MDR TB patients can be cured in resource-poor settings. DRCLAS is working with PIH to disseminate the results of their work throughout Latin America.
Participating Harvard faculty: HMS faculty and instructors, Jamie Bayona, Arachu Castro, Mercedes Becerra, Paul Farmer.
Collaborating Institutions: Socios en Salud, Lima, Perú.