Sharing hope and improving care – Haiti builds for a brighter future

Established in 2000, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership is a US-based volunteer initiative to improve healthcare in northern Haiti. Konbit Sante works with the Haitian Ministry of Health and with Haitian healthcare professionals to strengthen the capacity of the public system to provide care for Haitians. In Haitian Creole, ‘konbit’ is a traditional Haitian method of working together to till the fields of others as well as one’s own – a cooperative effort. ‘Sante’ means health. The author reports on his experiences with Konbit Sante and describes their efforts after the devastating earthquakes of January 2010 to rebuild, reinforce and improve healthcare provision for people with diabetes in Haiti.