Meet Care 2 Communities, a “one-stop-shop” healthcare clinic in Haiti.
C2C was founded on a simple, powerful premise: that access to healthcare is the foundation of all efforts to lift poor people out of poverty. Sick people cannot attend school; they cannot be economically productive; they cannot engage in family and civic life; they cannot raise children or care for the elderly. Millions of people suffer from preventable disease and disability — and for lack of a functional, reliable, well-resourced health clinic to help them get well and stay healthy. C2C’s co-Founders knew that a high-quality community clinic had the potential to transform families and communities.
And they set out to create a model that would endure. Founded in 2009, C2C’s early years were dedicated to solving the infrastructure and resource challenges of healthcare delivery in Haiti. After the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010, C2C’s containerized clinic model served over 40,000 people in Port-au-Prince. With our partners and patients, we learned about the persistent challenges of supply chain maintenance, human resources for health, and financial sustainability. We partnered with the government on Namibia to launch a specialty clinic for reproductive health. Over the course of our founding years, we embraced an ethos of learning, listening, iteration, and agility. Today, C2C clinics are “one-stop-shop” community clinics that offer consultation with a physician, a fully-stocked pharmacy, and a diagnostic lab on-site.
C2C clinics operate as social enterprises – driven by the belief that long-term health impact is undergirded by confronting the very real challenges of financial solvency. The C2C network of community clinics is expanding rapidly across northern Haiti: each clinic functioning as a community business, managed by local staff and clinicians, working within the larger healthcare ecosystem to demonstrate that access to basic care, prevention education, and community support can be transformative and can save lives. Sum and Substance shares stories of purpose at work. Learn how to build cultures that help people find their purpose.