WHO WE ARE

OUR HISTORY

Community Partners International — led by an international team of doctors, educators and management experts with 15 years of on-the-ground experience in Myanmar — develops local-global partnerships to improve the health and wellbeing of Myanmar's women, children, families and communities. 

Our history started in 1989 with a map sketched on a napkin. With it, Dr. Ben Brown arrived at Dr. Cynthia Maung's refugee clinic in Mae Sot, on the Thailand-Burma border. When he returned home, he founded Planet Care, volunteering his time to support Burmese people living in Thailand. Dr. Brown's commitment to Dr. Cynthia and the Mae Tao Clinic inspired Bob Condon, founder of a Berkeley-based investment firm and emeritus member of the CPI Board of Directors, to start his long-term involvement managing the development side of Planet Care.

In 1998, Dr. T. Lee accompanied Dr. Brown to Thailand. Impressed by the impact of Planet Care in Thailand, Dr. Lee looked across the border to the needs of the internally displaced communities living without health care inside Myanmar. Soon after, he founded the Global Health Access Program (GHAP) with three U.S.-based health colleagues to fill gaps in health care that have contributed to Myanmar's ongoing health crises.

After many of years of working side by side, in 2006 Planet Care and Global Health Access Program (GHAP) merged, melding GHAP's health expertise and Planet Care's fundraising and management expertise. In 2008, GHAP founded its Yangon-based branch, Friends for Health (FFH) to serve communities in central Myanmar where women, children and families are deprived of access to primary health care.

In 2010, Planet Care/GHAP/FFH and the Foundation for the People of Burma came together to form Community Partners International to strengthen local capacity in health and education. In 2012, to respond most effectively to the rapid political and cultural changes in Myanmar, CPI divided its work into two nonprofit organizations: Partners Asia and Community Partners International. CPI continues to focus on public health initiatives and building the capacity of local organizations to design and lead their own community based health services.