Next up on the Time & Temp Sign, Joe is promoting a more global cause: the Konbit Sante Cap-Haitian Health Partnership. This organization started in Portland as a group of health care professionals, business people, and other interested parties who shared a desire to work on building a sustainable health system in a community somewhere in the developing world. In 2001, a Haitian doctor doing his residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine told them about Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Following a May 2001 site visit to Cap-Haitian, in November 2001, they formally established a partnership with Justinian University Hospital ( JUH) in Cap-Haitian, the second largest teaching hospital in Haiti. Today, Konbit Sante continues its established relationship with the Haitian Ministry of Health, partners with four health facilities in Greater Cap-Haitian and supports initiatives in women and children's health, infrastructure improvements, supply chain, emergency response, and quality improvement, training and management. Joe urges you to learn more about this inspiring local organization by going to their website.
This month is a very special edition of the annual Maine Walks with Haiti + 5K Walk/Run. While this event typically takes place on Portland's Back Cove, this year's event is virtual. Please learn more info about this special fundraising event here.
Joe thanks Konbit Sante for the important work they do and hopes next year's walk can return to Portland.