Wright Pierce Donates Laptops to Improve Health Care in Northern Haiti
Local engineering firm supports biomedical technicians with laptop donations.
Wright Pierce, a New England employee owned company with offices in Maine, recently donated 3 laptops to Konbit Sante, a public health partnership in Northern Haiti. These laptops were immediately put to use by the biomedical technicians in Cap- Haitien at the Justinien University Hospital, Haiti's second largest public hospital.
Jeff Musich, a Senior VP of the Water Group and board member of Konbit Sante , has been traveling to Haiti and volunteering with Konbit Sante for 8 years. In January, Jeff traveled with two engineers from Woodard & Curran and the Yarmouth Water District to deliver the laptops and work directly with Haitian partners to make improvements in the access and quality of the electricity and water at the hospital. Jeff stated, “ This was my 7th trip with Konbit Sante, and it is amazing to see the commitment and quality of work of Konbit Sante's partners while facing enormous challenges. We were working directly in the pediatric department at the hospital, and the power supply was very unreliable. So when the power went out, the infant incubators and heat warming lamps lose power and newborns die in conditions that are truly unacceptable. Working to make these infrastructure improvements when so much is at stake is a humbling and life changing experience." The laptops donated can be used by the biomedical technicians to communicate, and find information to make repairs on biomedical equipment in pediatrics and throughout the hospital.
Konbit Sante, a Portland based non profit, has worked in Haiti since 2001 to support the development of a sustainable health system. Nathan Nickerson, Konbit Sante's Executive Director, said that "the expertise and long-term commitment that these infrastructure volunteers bring to our work is incredibly important to our Haitian partners and staff at the Justinien University Hospital. As a small nonprofit based in Maine, support from Maine people and businesses like Wright Pierce and Woodard & Curran, have allowed us to have a positive and lasting impact on outcomes for children and all patients at this hospital. Portland has a Sister City relationship with Cap- Haitien, and when our home community contributes to our partnership in Haiti and advances the relationship between these two cities, we owe our deepest appreciation.”
Konbit Sante works to ensure the people of Cap-Haitien have continuing and measurable improvements in health status. To make a donation, learn about volunteering opportunities or get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207 347 6733.