Partners In Health Canada (PIH Canada) is a non-profit organization relentlessly committed to global health equity. PIH Canada will use all the means at their disposal to bring lifesaving care to the marginalized poor wherever they work – because they take the right to universal health care seriously, and because the status quo is unsustainable for those they serve. PIH Canada builds local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train service providers, advance research and advocate for global policy change.
PIH Canada is the first national awareness & fundraising office in the PIH family outside of the United States. PIH Canada works in solidarity with PIH sister organizations around the world to deliver high quality health care for those who need it most. In addition to Canada, PIH works in Haiti, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and the United States (Navajo Nation & Rosebud Sioux Tribe).
- Poverty alleviation
- Rural health
- Infectious diseases (including HIV and Tuberculosis)
- Cancer care & non-communicable diseases
- Mental Health
- Maternal and child health
- Gender equity and gender-based violence
- Community health workers
- Surgery and emergency medicine
PIH Canada Projects
Non-Communicable Diseases & Cancer Care
Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, are on the rise in poor countries. The World Health Organization estimates that each year 41 million people die from NCDs, with 15 million of these people between the ages of 30 and 69 years. They estimate that over 85% of these “premature” deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. As part of the broader PIH programs to address NCDs, PIH Canada is committed to supporting and advancing cancer care in the countries where they work. By meeting this extraordinary burden with proven methodologies in early detection, prevention, and treatment, PIH Canada sees an entry point for oncology program design that can strengthen entire health systems.
Each year, nearly 6 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday. More than half of these deaths are caused by conditions that are preventable or treatable, including pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, and malnutrition. In Haiti, PIH Canada has supported the construction and operations of paediatric facilities at hospitals in Mirebalais and St-Marc, enhancing staffing, equipment and quality of care for children and infants. Through the use of mobile malnutrition clinics that reach into the most remote communities, we are providing malnourished children with care and access to Nourimanba, a locally produced peanut-based, high-calorie food.
Community Health Workers
People who live in poor, remote places face considerable obstacles receiving health care. The high cost of treatment and transportation, the time required to travel to the nearest health facilities, and the stigma associated with disease often make it difficult for patients to access necessary services. For nearly 3 decades, PIH has hired and trained community health workers to help patients faced with these challenges receive care. Their 12,000 community health workers around the world visit patients at home, assess their health, and link them with clinics and hospitals. In Malawi and Liberia, PIH Canada is supporting the expansion of the community health worker program into a ‘household model’. Rather than focusing on patients with specific diseases, community health workers make regular visits to all households and families in their catchment areas. This means more comprehensive screening, referral and follow-up, reduces stigma surrounding visits, and increases social connectedness within the communities.
Meet Some Team Members
Mark Brender, National Director
Emily Antze, Senior Manager, Programs and Development
Nikita Chowdhury, Annual Giving and Engagement Manager
Ian Pinnell, Development Coordinator
- Pragmatic solidarity/Accompaniment
How to get involved with PIH Canada
How often does PIH Canada hire people?
PIH Canada hires infrequently. Stay tuned to hear about their openings, or subscribe to their newsletter at this address.
There are a number of ways volunteers can continuously get involved with PIH Canada:
Students for Partners In Health Canada (SPIHC)
Student chapters at schools across Canada are working to raise awareness about PIH and global health equity while fundraising to support PIH clinical programs around the world. Volunteers can join these clubs, or start a new one if their school/campus does not have one yet.
PIH Canada Spark
Spark is a self-organized group of volunteers from across Canada, which strives to support the mission of PIH Canada through education, fundraising and digital engagement. Within PIH Canada Spark, they have an education group, which publishes blogs and literary reviews, attends conferences, and works to make academic literature accessible to all people. Their fundraising group engages with other not-for-profit groups to hosting online and in-person fundraisers, and bring corporate partners on board. Lastly, their digital engagement group aims to leverage tools available in the digital landscape to raise awareness of PIH’s work and approach to global health equity.
Personal Fundraisers and Bending the Arc Film Screenings
With support from PIH Canada staff, you can host your own fundraising event in support of PIH, or host a film screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Bending the Arc.
If interested in volunteering in any of the activities above, visit this page or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and let their team know: 1) how you heard about PIH Canada; 2) where you live; and 3) ideas you may have regarding how you wish to volunteer.
PIH Canada does not have a formal internship program for external applicants. Internships are organized through partnerships with academic institutions or through the Students for PIHC network.
Top Things PIH Canada Looks For
PIH Canada looks for these qualities in their team members:
- Alignment with PIH’s mission and values
- Positive attitude
- Competency in areas related to the specific role
There are no specific hiring restrictions. For future job positions, candidates will however need to legally be able to work in Canada. Volunteer positions (such as with PIH Canada Spark) are targeted at Canadians or people in Canada, but there are no set restrictions.
Advice for Candidates
PIH Canada does not currently have any job openings and does not accept general applications. Check PIH Canada’s careers page on their website for positions. If you are interested in PIH positions in the United States or any international country sites, please visit this page. Generally, PIH does not operate any international volunteer or student internship opportunities. For experienced health care professionals, there are occasionally clinical volunteer opportunities listed on the same page.