TEAM MACKINNON 2017
Once again, many thanks to my family and friends for their continued and generous support of our work in Cap Haitien, Haiti. Konbit Sante recently celebrated its 15th anniversary of working in Haiti. The celebration ceremony focused on the history and evolution of the organization. I have been involved with Konbit Sante since 2009 and in my short time I’ve witnessed much of the evolution. Konbit Sante actively engages its Haitian partners in a very methodical, respectful and collaborative process to develop its programs and work in Haiti. The goal of this approach is to build capacity within the existing system to improve health outcomes. We think this is the correct approach to a long-term, sustainable solution.
When I visit Haiti, it is easy to see the evidence of failures of other types of models. The landscape is littered with many examples of installations or facilities that were installed with very good intentions, but didn’t work or work for long. The common thread is that they were not developed collaboratively or that they can’t be operated or maintained with the available personnel or resources. I’ve learned that to have a successful, long term impact in Haiti, you must first nurture and develop relationships within the system you are trying to impact. The founders of the organization, Nate Nickerson and his team realized this many years ago and it is one of the principle reasons that we have success where others do not. That isn’t to say that we don’t make mistakes or follow some false leads, but I think our history is one that we can all be very proud. I am very honored to be a part of this organization.
Please consider sponsoring my team in the Maine Walks with Haiti challenge for 2017. Your support allows us to continue this important work to improving the health care system in Haiti.