Health Alliance International began in 1987 as the"Mozambique Health Committee," formed by a group of North American doctors and nurses who had worked in Mozambique during its civil war following independence from Portugal.
The Mozambique Health Committee's early work focused on supporting the new national government in the face of attacks from an insurgent group (RENAMO) funded by the apartheid government of South Africa and the United States. RENAMO's attacks on roads, schools and health clinics set off a civil conflict that lasted for more than 15 years. The Mozambican Health Committee supported the government's struggling primary health care system, and provided health care for refugees in the central region of the country. The organization also advocated in the United States to help shift U.S. policy away from support of apartheid.
Immediately after the peace accords in 1992, the Mozambique Health Committee expanded its efforts to support the emerging Mozambican health system through provision of health workers, training, and material support to the Ministry of Health. Read more about our Mozambique program today.
Around this time, Executive Director and one of the founders of the Mozambique Health Committee, Dr. Steve Gloyd, recognized the value of this public-sector, socially minded approach. Along with faculty and colleagues at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the organization changed its name to "Health Alliance International" and began looking for ways to improve its partnership with the Ministry of Health and build a greater community of partners researching and training new leaders in global health.
In 1999 Health Alliance International (or "HAI") began to support another new government emerging from conflict: the government of the newly independent Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor). Read more about our Timor-Leste program.
We have since added programs in Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan, and have worked on smaller projects at various times in other countries.