In the decade since the tragedy, SBH has grown from a primary care clinic to the largest healthcare provider for over two million people on Haiti’s southern peninsula. Though forged in the wake of utter devastation, the partnerships that supported our expansion are invaluable. Though I would like to, I cannot possibly name every foundation and individual who stood by us through a decade of growth and transition. I can, however, say that our ability to treat every person who comes to our gates is the result of a true team effort. The Haitian proverb men anpil chay pa lou—many hands make light the load—has never been truer than when said about our friends and colleagues around the world. To all of you, thank you.
It is not hyperbole when I state that we could not have done this work without our remarkable staff in Haiti, our dedicated team in Boston, and our talented Board of Directors.
Under the extraordinary leadership of HEI/SBH Board member Jim Ansara, Build Health International expanded our hospital campus to include a maternity ward and NICU, a 24/7 emergency room, an infectious disease center, a surgical center, a diagnostic laboratory, and a 10,000 square foot warehouse in which we store vital medications and supplies. The volunteers and employees at BHI worked night and day to design, build, and maintain structures that are as sturdy as they are dignified. They will withstand any disaster that may strike, and our staff are proud to work there.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in a renewed commitment to Haiti, has ensured the safe delivery of thousands of babies; pre-and post-natal care for expecting mothers; and emergency obstetric procedures for tens of thousands of women. In the NICU, they have allowed us to care for our most fragile newborns with compassion and dignity. Thanks to BHI, WKKF, and you, we are able to help the people who need us most.