It is truly my pleasure to wish you a happy and healthy start to the New Year. 2020 was such a difficult year for everyone and I want you all to know how much we appreciate the inspiring and vital support that our stakeholder community provided as we navigated challenging circumstances for C2C’s healthcare operations in Haiti and — crucially — for our patients.
2020 was one for the history books. It was a year that demanded adaptation, innovation, and resolve. In Haiti, as everywhere else, the COVID-19 pandemic presented a looming health threat for a nation with very little adequate healthcare infrastructure. Haiti also faced fallout from widespread economic and political instability. The impact of the global economic slowdown and interruptions in trade have been devastating for an island country that depends heavily on imports. Many necessities are scarce and livelihoods are increasingly threatened.
Still, the 95+ staff members of C2C worked hard to meet the challenges of the moment and we are so proud of all that we have accomplished together this past year: serving over 50,000 families with essential primary care, ensuring that our specialty care for women and children continued uninterrupted, and strengthening our partnership with the Haitian government.
We are kicking off the New Year with some exciting and hopeful news. I am honored to introduce Racha Yehia, who will be leading C2C into the future as our new Managing Director! Racha, a leader of unique talent and vision, exemplifies the values that are at the core of our shared efforts together: a deep commitment to expanding health access for families; a sophisticated view on how we work to ensure that our services are sustainable and impactful in the future; and a creative and tenacious spirit that keeps us all focused on what is possible. Based in Cap Haitien, Racha will lead our talented and dedicated team as we grow the organization toward deeper and broader impact.
We look forward to a bright and hopeful 2021 and offer our gratitude for your ongoing support.