Partners In Health (PIH) as a disaster relief organization: Haiti Earthquake, 2010 (2011 Report)

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Where we looked

All of the below was examined in January 2010.

How much did the organization raise and how much did it spend?

Date Amount Donated
January 29, 2010 $40 million1
February 3, 2010 $44 million 2
February 15, 2010 $56 million3
May 11, 2010 $70 million4
July 9, 2010 $85 million5
November 29, 2010 $81.8 million6
  • As of June 30, 2010, PIH reported having spent $26.6 million.7
  • As of November 29, 2010, PIH reported having spent $25.4 million.8

How specific is the organization about how it spent its funds?

PIH published a report breaking down its spending into the types of aid it provided (e.g., facility-based care, medical services within camps for IDPs, mental health and psychsocial services) and the costs of supporting its activities (e.g., communications/IT equipment, transportation/logistics).9

PIH also published a report detailing the outputs of its programs: the numbers of patients treated and numbers receiving other services.10

Non-disaster relief activities

PIH's most recent annual report11 provides a breakdown of funds by country/program.12 For each country/program, there is a lengthy discussion earlier in the report. For each of the major programs (these account collectively for 88% of total expenses according to the funding breakdown), the discussion of activities is accompanied by basic figures on outputs (patients treated, students given tuition support, etc.) that appear comprehensive.13

Compared to the information given by most disaster relief charities we've examined, we find this to be an unusually clear and concrete picture of how funds are spent and what activities are carried out.


  • 1

    "Partners in Health had received donations totaling about $40-million as of Wednesday." Chronicle of Philanthropy, “A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising as of January 29.”

  • 2

    Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Haiti Donations Exceed $644-Million, as of February 3.”

  • 3

    "Partners in Health had received donations totaling $56-million as of February 15." Chronicle of Philanthropy, “American Charities Raise $774-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds.”

  • 4

    "Partners in Health had received more than $70-million as of May 11." Chronicle of Philanthropy, “$1.1-Billion Donated for Haiti Relief: Updated Tally (May 11).”

  • 5

    Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How Charities Are Helping Haiti: How Much They Raised and Spent.”

  • 6Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund raising, One Year Later."
  • 7

    PIH, “Six-Month Report,” Pg 2.

  • 8

    Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund raising, One Year Later."

  • 9

    Partners in Health, "Six-Month Report," Pg 2.

  • 10

    Partners in Health, "Six-Month Report," Pg 1.

  • 11

    Partners in Health, "Annual Report (2010)."

  • 12

    Partners in Health, "Annual Report (2010)," Pg 33.

  • 13

    Example: for Malawi, PIH states that there were 17606 patients tested for HIV, 2684 HIV patients receiving antiretroviral therapy, 332619 outpatient visits across 12 facilities, 889 children receiving tuition support, 12 clean water points constructed, and 7 antiretroviral therapy sites. It also states that there were 220 medical staff, 342 non-medical staff and 621 community health workers. Partners in Health, "Annual Report (2010)," Pg 19.