The mission: To provide health-care services to the poor.
Why it stands out: Although PIH deploys medical workers in 10 countries, including Rwanda (where it recently helped open the nation’s first cancer center), the group does some of its greatest work in Haiti. In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, PIH treated thousands of victims. Its doctors also treated 75,000 patients sickened by the cholera epidemic less than a year later. “I’ve seen cholera take a child’s life in one day,” says Louise Ivers, M.D., PIH’s senior health and policy adviser. “But our efforts in Haiti can prevent this devastating disease from spreading.” PIH has also made major inroads into fighting tuberculosis: Tens of thousands of patients have been treated in Russia, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Haiti, and Peru.
Your money at work: A $120 donation supplies a cholera-treatment site in Haiti with three days’ worth of disinfectant.