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About Zanmi Lasante 

We fight injustice by making health care accessible to those who need it most.

More than 30 years serving the most vulnerable

Zanmi Lasante (ZL) was founded in the early 1980s to address the health needs of the rural community of Cange. The institution has since expanded to a network of 15 clinics and hospitals across the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite, two of the most disadvantaged and remote regions of the country.

We are Haiti's largest healthcare provider outside of the Haitian government, working closely with the Ministry of Public Health and Population, and serving a population of over 1.3 million people. We employ nearly 7,000 people, including 2,500 community health workers, to provide primary care, maternal and child health care, HIV and TB services, and more advanced secondary and tertiary care.

By establishing long-term relationships with the government, we strive to achieve two overarching goals:

  • Bring the benefits of modern medical science to those who need them most;

  • Serve as an antidote to despair.

Our Founders

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Père  Fritz Lafontant

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Jim Yong Kim

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Ophelia Dahl

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Todd McCormack

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Paul Farmer

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Tom White

Our Management Team