Ophelia Dahl, daughter of the late writer Roald Dahl, volunteered at an eye clinic in Haiti in the mid-1980s, where she met a medical student named Paul Farmer. A few years later, they and a few friends also interested in providing medical care to the destitute formed Partners In Health, a donor-supported organization which provides high-quality health services in Haiti and other poor countries.
In 1993, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Farmer a MacArthur Fellowship, whose cash award helped expand Partners In Health. PIH was a pioneer in battling AIDS in Haiti. And in 2013 the group opened a major new hospital in Haiti, which not only provides extensive care but also trains medical residents.
- Partners in Health website, pih.org