A Key To Innovation In The Developing World

A Key to Innovation In the Developing World

After our visit to the Adventist Hospital in Port-au-Prince (link to “Engineering Energy Solutions” post), we had dinner with someone who has deep understanding of the politics surrounding healthcare in Haiti: Dr. Gabriel Timothée, who recently served as the Director General of the Haitian Ministry of Health.  We were fortunate to have this meeting on the recommendation of Dr. Jean Pape, Founder and Director of Gheskio, who has become our good friend. Dr. Timothée talked to us about the state of healthcare in Haiti and about the competition for the University Hospital project.

Mazzetti is working on a proposal with MASS Design Group to rebuild the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. The nation’s largest hospital was torn apart during the earthquake.  In addition, it is poorly laid out and is badly in need of an update.

What was interesting (though not in truth, very surprising) was Dr. Timothée’s answer when I asked what he thought was the key to winning this project. He said that if we wanted to win, we had to show that we know how to blend the very best in global healthcare best practices with the Haitian reality.

Pediatric ward at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo by Change Catalyst.)

Pediatric ward at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo by Change Catalyst.)

The good thing is that we are already doing this. For the past several years Mazzetti engineers have been driven by the mission to radically align ourselves with our clients in the healthcare industry to help them find better ways to do things.

As a company we are all about finding better ways to do things.  We work to find better ways to blend the local reality with the very best practices and innovation from around the world. It’s the same in every place we work.

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