In late February, Dr. Krishna Reddy, Country Director of ACCESS Health India, and I traveled to Rwanda to learn more about health systems strengthening from an organization that has proven itself to be a formidable leader in the field: Partners in health and the affiliated University Global Health Equity.

Partners In Health was officially established in 1987 by co founders Ophelia Dahl, Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, Todd McCormack, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim (former President of the World Bank). It was partly chance that brought them together: Dahl and Farmer met years earlier while volunteering in rural Haiti, where they ran a community clinic that thrived despite a lack of institutional support. Their grassroots gumption, combined with their steadfast commitment to health as a social good and human right, has landed Partners In Health opportunities everywhere from Malawi and Sierra Leone to Mexico and Peru.

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Originally published on Forbes (March 26, 2020)